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Dreaming in turtle : a journey through the passion, profit, and peril of our most coveted prehistoric creature / Peter Laufer ; foreword by Richard Branson.

Laufer, Peter, 1950- author. (Author).
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 597.92 LAU (Text) 33500012838371 New Checked out 09/20/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250128096
  • ISBN: 1250128099
  • Physical Description: xi, 290 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note: "November 2018"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-277) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue: Operating instructions for the journalist -- The majestic turtle -- The timeless allure -- The voracious consumers -- The tawdry marketplaces -- The prodigious farms -- The illicit hunts -- The wiley smugglers -- The frustrated cops -- The pitiful casualties -- The conflicted public and the dedicated conservationists -- The imminent future -- Epilogue: A call to action.
Summary, etc.: "Traces the ongoing challenges to endangered turtle populations, evaluating the global trade practices, limited supply, and increasing demand in high-population world regions that have compromised conservation efforts." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Language Note: Text in English.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2
    Laufer (No Animals Were Harmed, 2011) was told by a Santeria priest that he needed a turtle for good energy and health. So begins his quest to document and understand the worldwide obsession with turtles and tortoises. In a wonderfully episodic book, perfect for slipping in and out of, Laufer travels the world in search of all things turtle. Touching a fossil of the oldest turtle-like reptile yet found makes him feel like he's bridging time, but this also drives home the fact that extinction is forever. A conflict between a massive solar farm and the desert tortoises who were there first is mirrored in the human impulse to pick up wandering tortoises and make them pets. A Cajun chef shows Laufer how to make turtle soup from snapping turtles (perfectly legal), while in a Chinese animal market even the revered turtles are mere commodities (mostly illegally). Turtle rescue stories mix with tales of patrolling beaches to protect sea turtles and of catching smugglers, while tales of Fred, Laufer's box turtle, provide an emotional connection. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Journalist Peter Laufer is the James Wallace Chair Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He is the author of Dreaming in Turtle: A Journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures and Organic: A Journalist's Quest to Discover the Truth Behind Food Labeling.

Subject: Turtles > Effect of human beings on.
Turtles > Conservation > Social aspects.
HISTORY / Social History.
NATURE / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians.
HISTORY / Social History.
Turtles > Effect of human beings on.
Turtles > Conservation > Social aspects.
Nature > Animals > Reptiles & Amphibians.

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