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Species Seekers, Rogues, and Heroes in the News

Posted by Richard Conniff on January 12, 2011

Over the weekend, WAMU’s “Animal House” posted an entertaining interview about The Species Seekers:

Acclaimed science writer Richard Conniff tells the story of a new breed of adventurer in the 18th century. They traveled to the most perilous corners of the planet and brought back astonishing new life forms. We learn about how the pantheon of life they discovered changed man’s view of his place on earth.

You can listen here.

Also this weekend, The Los Angeles Times gave The Species Seekers a lovely review:

Conniff’s book is filled with rogues and heroes, and their not infrequent overlapping explorations make for entertaining reading.

Here’s what other reviewers have had to say:  The Species Seekers:  Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff isis “a swashbuckling romp” that “brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era” (BBC Focus) and “an enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes” (New Scientist). “This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story” (Wall St. Journal).


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