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Mr. Hornaday’s War

Mr. Hornaday's War by Stefan Bechtel
May 14, 2013
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  • Hardcover $26.95

    May 15, 2012 | 272 Pages

  • Ebook $16.99

    May 15, 2012 | 256 Pages

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“Essential for anyone interested in U.S. conservation history and the wildlife protection movement … A landmark biography.” —Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt’s Crusade for America
“Beautifully paced and brilliantly written.” —Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History
“Lively … fascinating.” —Nature
“A fascinating book . . . We have W. T. Hornaday to thank for a nation richer with wildlife today as a result of his work a century ago. Stefan Bechtel has done a masterful job telling us the story of one of America’s forgotten heroes, from his field explorations to the establishment of the Bronx Zoo and his battles in Congress. This book must be read by anyone interested in history and the environment.”—Cristián Samper, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History
“William Temple Hornaday is a name we’ve forgotten, and that’s almost a crime, as he was the first truly successful eco-activist. While nineteenth-century America was wiping out species after species virtually for the fun of it, Hornaday gave voice to the animals’ agony and dragged several back from the brink. Stefan Bechtel has vividly resurrected Hornaday—a hero for those who care for the fate of the earth.”—Robert L. O’Connell, author of The Ghosts of Cannae
“Stefan Bechtel tells William Hornaday’s story with zest and a great eye for detail. Mr. Hornaday’s War offers adventure, political maneuvering, a stellar cast of characters, and a nuanced portrait of the crusader who called himself ‘the most defiant devil that ever came to town.’”—Henry Wiencek, author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

Note to reader
William Temple Hornaday: a life in brief
Prologue: the fear
Part One The Awakening
Chapter 1 His Name Was Dauntless
Chapter 2 A Melancholy Insanity
Chapter 3 The Second Civil War
Chapter 4 Souvenir of a Lost World
Chapter 5 The Last Buffalo Hunt
Chapter 6 A Mysterious Stranger
Chapter 7 “A Nobility Beyond All Compare”
Part Two The Heedless Hunter
Chapter 8 Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa
Chapter 9 Yearning, Too Much, for Fame
Chapter 10 The Empress Josephine Chapter 11 Man-Eaters of the Animallai Hills
Chapter 12 Darwin’s Firestorm
Chapter 13 “A Thief in the Night”
Chapter 14 A Dream Deferred
Chapter 15 Scandal at the Zoo
Part Three Wildlife Warrior
Chapter 16 The Dark Shadow
Chapter 17 Empire of the Buffalo
Chapter 18 Our Vanishing Wildlife
Chapter 19 Two Hundred Years of War
Epilogue: his indomitable persistence  

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