Between Man And Beast: An Unlikely Explorer And The African Adventure That Took The Victorian World…

by Monte Reel

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | December 3, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin''s theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu''s trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war. With a wide range of characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.T Barnum, Thackeray, and of course, Charles Darwin, this is a one of a kind book about a singular moment in history.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.99 × 5.21 × 0.88 in

Published: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307742431

ISBN - 13: 9780307742438

Found in: World History

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Between Man And Beast: An Unlikely Explorer And The African Adventure That Took The Victorian World…

by Monte Reel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.99 × 5.21 × 0.88 in

Published: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307742431

ISBN - 13: 9780307742438

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Prologue He’d been hunting in the forest’s depths for months, but he’d never known such silence. No monkeys shook the leaves over-head, no birds cried, no insects droned. The only sounds seemed to come from within: the pulse throbbing in his temples and his own labored breathing. The previous day the young man had hiked what he guessed was about eighteen miles before collapsing into sleep. But those trails hadn’t been nearly as challenging as this one—a muddy ribbon twisting up the forested mountainside, inset with loose boulders of granite and quartz. He was in good shape and just twenty-five years old, but each step took its toll. He fell behind his companions, whose bare feet gripped the slippery rocks better than did his leather boot soles. His blue cotton shirt and brown pants were streaked with mud. Somewhere along the way—it was hard to tell exactly where it began—the gentlest of whispers broke through the enveloping hush. The higher he climbed, the louder it got: a breathy hiss that grew into a roar. Twisting through the overgrown vegetation, he found the other men standing on a broad, flat shelf of land. A scene like none he’d ever witnessed burst open in front of him: a vast pool of swirling water, fed by a majestic torrent that spilled down the angled slope for what looked like a mile. A mist rose from the tumult, obscuring everything in a gauzy veil: the swaying ferns, the logs slanting across the water, the trees ri
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In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin''s theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu''s trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war. With a wide range of characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.T Barnum, Thackeray, and of course, Charles Darwin, this is a one of a kind book about a singular moment in history.

About the Author

Monte Reel is also the author of The Last of the Tribe. He has written articles and essays for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and Outside, and he is a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.


 

Editorial Reviews

“Monte Reel''s BETWEEN MAN AND BEAST contains all the elements of an enthralling adventure story. But it is more than just a riveting tale; it is also a brilliant exploration of ideas that illuminate the very nature of humankind.” -- David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of THE LOST CITY OF Z and THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES “Intriguing. . . . Rattles along with fine, wacky momentum.”— The New York Times Book Review “Gripping. . . . Intellectually satisfying. . . . Exciting.”— Salon “A celebration of accomplishments too far-reaching to be understood in their time.”— The Daily Beast “Thoroughly engrossing.”— Minneapolis Star Tribune “[An] entertaining and provocative story . . . it has the narrative flow and evocative language of a fine historical novel.”— The St. Louis Post-Dispatch “[A] sense of urgency compels the reader onward to find out what happened. . . . Arresting.”— Washington Post “Engrossing . . . would go great with popcorn. . . . Addresses big topics—evolution, abolition—but they remain in service of the narrative, providing context for colorful conflict.”— Wall Street Journal “A robust intellectual history. . . . In Reel''s hands, Du Chaillu''s adventures in Africa, including his discovery of Pygmies and his part in a smallpox epidemic, were no less harrowing than his interactions with many of
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