The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge
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"One of the best biographies I've read" according to Arnold. Most biographies are about people you've probably heard of already. However, Jamie James' biography of Joe Slowinski, an energetic herpetologist, is more interesting than the lives of most of our presidents and celebrities. James depicts Slowinski as a man full of energy, and his biography is also full of energy. It tracks Slowinski from his childhood finding fossils right up until his death in northern Burma. In between, James recounts raucous ta. An excellent book and engaging read Mr. James has done a wonderful job with "The Snake Charmer." Along with helping us to know Dr. Joe Slowinski, he tells us more about the life of a herpetologist. We also learn about the ups and downs of organizing and carrying out field work, especially in a place like Burma, where political considerations are as important as more practical matters. I was particularly struck at the problems Dr. Slowinski's final expedition had as a result of diffe. Peggy said The amazing life of a herpetologist.. i liked all parts of this book. I visited Burma last Jan. and I am very glad we went no farther north than Mandalay. I felt the researcher who died was reckless.
"A dramatic and moving story, told by an author who clearly understands that his subject is not simply about a man's cruel and ironic death but also about his life, his spirit, and his dreams."Booklist"Absorbing, stylishly written account of the life and career of a celebrated young herpetologistan exquisitely crafted book that will grab even those who have no interest in snakes."Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Absolutely riveting. This sensitive, fascinating exploration of a scientist's quest for knowledge deepens with relentless suspense into a classic tale of a man's fight for survival in the wilderness."Linda Greenlaw, author of The Hungry Ocean"This book will astonish and delight anyone who believes that the great age of biological col
Joe Slowinski, at 38 already one of the most brilliant biologists of our time. Thus begins one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times. It is the most ambitious scientific expedition ever mounted into this remote region, brought to a dramatic halt by the bite of the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. In the fall of 2001, deep in the jungle of Burma, a team of scientists searches for rare snakes. They are led by Dr. In The Snake Charmer
He has lived in Indonesia since 1999, where he continues to write for top American newspapers and magazines, including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Conde Nast Traveler, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. . Jamie James is the author of eight books, including Music of the