The Way Of The Panda: The Curious History Of China'S Political Animal
Publish Date: 2012-06-01
Author: Henry Nicholls
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Learn how the extraordinary impact of the pandafrom obscurity to fameis also the story of Chinas transition from shy beginnings to center stage.
Giant pandas have been causing a stir ever since their formal scientific discovery just over 140 years ago. Yet in spite of humankinds evident obsession with the giant panda, it is only in the last few decades that scientific research has begun to show us what this mysterious, frequently misunderstood creature is really like.
Henry Nicholls uses the rich and curious history of the giant panda to do several things: to ponder our changing attitudes toward the natural world; to offer a compelling history of the conservation movement; and to chart the rise of modern China on its journey to become the self-sufficient, twenty-first-century superpower it is today.