Ivory's Ghosts

The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants
Original Publish Date: Jan 19, 2010
Product Number: EB00645716
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555849139
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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"[A] tour de force examination of the history of ivory . . . and the demise of the elephant and human decency in the process of this unholy quest" (The Huffington Post). Praised for the nuance and sensitivity with which it approaches one of the most fraught conservation issues we face today, John Frederick Walker's Ivory's Ghosts tells the astonishing story of the power of ivory through the ages, and its impact on elephants. Long before gold and gemstones held allure, ivory came to be prized in every culture of the world-from ancient Egypt to nineteenth-century America to modern Japan-for its beauty, rarity, and ability to be finely carved. But the beauty came at an unfathomable cost. Walker lays bare the ivory trade's cruel connection with the slave trade and the increasing slaughter of elephants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1980s, elephant poaching reached levels that threatened the last great herds of the African continent, and led to a worldwide ban on the ancient international trade in tusks. But the ban has failed to stop poaching-or the emotional debate over what to do with the legitimate and growing stockpiles of ivory recovered from elephants that die of natural causes. "Ivory's Ghost is essential reading for anyone concerned with conservation and with the tenuous future of one of the most magnificent creatures our earth has ever seen." -George B. Schaller, author of A Naturalist and Other Beasts: Tales from a Life in the Field

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Narrator(s): David Colacci
Genre: Science
Product Number BL586
Released: Jan 06, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781423377986

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