The Ghosts of Gombe: A True Story of Love and Death in an African Wilderness

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Univ of California Press, Apr 6, 2018 - History - 216 pages
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"This brilliant narrative will haunt you. Dale Peterson has brought to life the Gombe of the late 1960's, describing the entwined lives of the chimpanzees and the people studying them. It's a true story of adventure, danger, and sudden death that makes compelling reading."—Jane Goodall, founder of the Gombe Stream Research Centre, author of The Chimpanzees of GombeIn the Shadow of Man, and Reason for Hope

"Not only does Dale Peterson give us a vivid and insightful account of two years at the most scientifically pivotal field camp in history, but his masterful storytelling reveals both the humans and the chimpanzees at Gombe to be compelling and quirky characters. If you care about animals and the people who study them, you must read this book."—Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus and The Good, Good Pig
 
"The Ghosts of Gombe is at once a gripping story, a riveting mystery, and a dramatic portrait of life at Jane Goodall's chimpanzee research camp in East Africa during the late 1960s. There is nothing like it anywhere."—Marc Bekoff, coauthor of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age

"The mysterious death of a young American woman propelled Peterson into this investigation of the making of one of the Western world’s great scientific achievements. His story of dedication, inspiration, and occasional naïvete and confusion among Jane Goodall’s research team of volunteers, students, and young scientists during the 1960s might sound like fiction, but The Ghosts of Gombe is as absorbing and authentic as it is original."—Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Visit September 27 2006
10
The Golden Summer June to September 1968
73
Transitions September 1968 to March 1969
110
Aftermath July 1969 to 2007
174
Acknowledgments
205
List of Illustrations and Credits
213
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Dale Peterson is the author or editor of twenty books, including Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man, Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence (coauthored with Richard Wrangham), The Moral Lives of Animals, and Eating Apes.

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