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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure Missives, Travel Memoirs & Environmental Dispatches from the Frontline, 12 Dec. 2012
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Erich Hoyt (North Berwick, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Where the Wild Things Were stands up as a solid collection of pieces from diverse sources -- most originally published in the Guardian, Telegraph, Times and Independent, but there are some odd sources such as Open Democracy Russia website and Harper's Bazaar. Stanley Johnson is a good writer, a sharp observer, a witty raconteur, and always authoritative. He gives the reader the feeling of being right there. As such, this is an entertaining read, blending adventure missives, travel memoirs and environmental dispatches from the frontline. The locations include eco-pilgrimages to the Galápagos, Antarctica, Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro, as well as the jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kamchatka in Russia. In typical Stanley style, rather than moaning about the long trek up Kilimanjaro, Johnson declares it a fairly easy hike, brings a tent, and celebrates the final nocturnal push to the ascent with a well-earned nap.

Besides adventure travel journalism, Stanley Johnson wears additional hats as Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and as Chairman of the Gorilla Organization. As such he seeks to improve the lot for animals and ecosystems. It would be valuable to have a follow-up volume in a few years, to see how we're doing in these various places. Hopefully the original title might seem inappropriate and partly through Johnson's efforts it could then be called: Where the Wild Things Yet Thrive.

-- Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow, Whale and Dolphin Conservation; author of Orca The Whale Called Killer; The Earth Dwellers; Insect Lives, Weird Sea Creatures and other books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 16 Jan. 2013
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A collection of short stories. Interesting and thoughfully written. A little uncomfortable at times because the statistics regarding environmental issues are alarming but also gives information on what is being done to help which is very encouraging. A must if you like animals and the environment. I do wonder how he could have a son who is so keen to destroy the environment of the Kent Marshes with his awful 'floating airport' idea!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 7 April 2013
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Not quite what I had hoped for but a good read none the less, not sure why amazon want me to write more words than is necessary
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great life this man has had, 14 Aug. 2013
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This is a great book in terms of reading about the different conservationist causes in different parts of the world. It was slightly irritating to read it from the perspective of an over-privileged man who was obviously born with a silver spoon in his mouth and for whom money was no object being able to go wherever he wanted in the world to see things the rest of us could only dream about. I was also a little disappointed to discover (when he mentioned eating prawns) that despite the damage that the meat industry is doing to the planet this great conservationist still wasn't a vegan or even a vegetarian - that would be the most helpful thing he could've done for the planet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars damm good read!, 31 Oct. 2014
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informative, witty, damm good read!
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