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Walter Rothschild: The Man, the Museum and the Menagerie [Abridged] [Paperback]

Miriam Rothschild

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10 Jan 2008
Born into one of the wealthiest families in the world, Walter Rothschild became the best known zoologist of his day - and one of Britain's great eccentrics. His extraordinary life traversed the fields of politics and finance as well as zoology and it was packed with achievements and incident, from the establishment of his own private Museum to driving a team of zebra into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

With the help of evocative photographs Miriam Rothschild has produced a compelling narrative which reveals the complexities and conflicts that this remarkable man faced during his life. Miriam Rothschild was the niece of Walter Rothschild. She died in 2005.

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'This new edition of her (the author) 1983 book is very welcome. It's no dry description of an interesting specimen, but a fascinating account of a career, much of which was 'a series of flying leaps from one sort of frying pan into yet another fire, whether the conflagration concerned hunting, politics or women.' --Country Life

'His niece Miriam unravels the complex life of her uncle in a portrait that is both affectionate and judicious.' --Good Book Guide

'She reveals a man who was both madcap maverick (someone almost too improbably eccentric for non-fiction) as well as being a vital ecological pioneer.' --The Jewish Chronicle

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Miriam Rothschild was the niece of Walter Rothschild and, a renowned naturalist herself, shared her uncle's passion for the natural world. In 1995 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Dame in 2000. Dame Miriam died in 2005.

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