Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed by Alan RabinowitzLife in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed by Alan Rabinowitz

Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed

byAlan Rabinowitz

Paperback | August 30, 2010

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Dubbed the Indiana Jones of wildlife science by The New York Times, Alan Rabinowitz has devoted-and risked-his life to protect nature's great endangered mammals. He has journeyed to the remote corners of the earth in search of wild things, weathering treacherous terrain, plane crashes, and hostile governments. Life in the Valley of Death recounts his most ambitious and dangerous adventure yet: the creation of the world's largest tiger preserve.
 
The tale is set in the lush Hukaung Valley of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. An escape route for refugees fleeing the Japanese army during World War II, this rugged stretch of land claimed the lives of thousands of children, women, and soldiers. Today it is home to one of the largest tiger populations outside of India-a population threatened by rampant poaching and the recent encroachment of gold prospectors.
 
To save the remaining tigers, Rabinowitz must navigate not only an unforgiving landscape, but the tangled web of politics in Myanmar. Faced with a military dictatorship, an insurgent army, tribes once infamous for taking the heads of their enemies, and villagers living on less than one U.S. dollar per day, the scientist and adventurer most comfortable with animals is thrust into a diplomatic minefield. As he works to balance the interests of disparate factions and endangered wildlife, his own life is threatened by an incurable disease.
 
The resulting story is one of destruction and loss, but also renewal. In forests reviled as the valley of death, Rabinowitz finds new life for himself, for communities haunted by poverty and violence, and for the tigers he vowed to protect.
Alan Rabinowitz is President and CEO of Panthera, the world's largest wild cat conservation organization. He has authored dozens of scientific and popular articles and six books, including Jaguar, Chasing the Dragon’s Tail, and Beyond the Last Village. Dr. Rabinowitz has been profiled in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon...
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Title:Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and GreedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 0.5 inPublished:August 30, 2010Publisher:Island PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue
 
Chapter 1. Road to Nowhere
Chapter 2. Paradise Lost
Chapter 3. The Valley of Death
Chapter 4. Into the Naga Hills
Chapter 5. Rolling the Dice
Chapter 6. Into the Darkness
Chapter 7. Letting Go
Chapter 8. Hungry Ghosts
Chapter 9. Where There Be Tigers
Chapter 10. Conservation Warfare
Chapter 11. Jungle Politics
Chapter 12. Shaping a Miracle
Chapter 13. A Question of Balance
Chapter 14. Burning Bright
Chapter 15. Return to the Naga Hills
Chapter 16. Spots of Time
Chapter 17. Reaching Mt. Analogue
 
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments

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"As a general rule, books by saints are best avoided... The exception to this rule: Alan Rabinowitz. ... Suffice it to say that the guy's halo is green, bright and fully deserved. But he's also a hell of a good writer, which is why Life in the Valley of Death is anything but another desperate dispatch from a shrinking corner of the wild."
- Men's Journal