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Reason for hope : a spiritual journey
Goodall, Jane, 1934-
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New York : Warner Books, 1999.
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xv, 282 pages ; 24 cm
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QL31.G58 A28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
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QL31.G58 A28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
QL31.G58 A28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL31.G58 A28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
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From world-renowned scientist Jane Goodall, as seen in the new National Geographic documentary Jane , comes a poignant memoir about her spiritual epiphany and an appeal for why everyone can find a reason for hope.

Dr. Jane Goodall's revolutionary study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe preserve forever altered the very, definition of humanity. Now, in a poignant and insightful memoir, Jane Goodall explores her extraordinary life and personal spiritual odyssey, with observations as profound as the knowledge she has brought back from the forest.

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Jane Goodall, 1934 - Jane Goodall, a well-respected English zoologist, is famous for her fieldwork with chimpanzees in Africa. An early interest in African wild animals and the opportunity, at age 18, to stay on a friend's farm in Kenya, led her to Dr. Louis Leakey; then curator of the National Museum of Natural History in Nairobi. Almost immediately Leakey hired Goodall as his assistant secretary, and she was soon accompanying Leakey and his wife on their expeditions.

Following Leakey's suggestion that a field study of some of the higher primates would be a major contribution to the understanding of animal behavior, she began studying the chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1960. Although she had no undergraduate degree, Goodall earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965, based on her first five years of research at the Gombe Center. After more than 20 years of extensive study and direct contact with wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat, Goodall continues to research, teach, and write about primate behavior today.

(Bowker Author Biography) Jane Goodall's research at Gombe, Tanzania, is entering its fifth decade. Her books include "In the Shadow of Man", "Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe", & "Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters", edited by Dale Peterson. She resides in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Goodall's autobiography reveals a side of this famous primatologist that most readers will not be familiar with--the spiritual underpinnings of her scientific discoveries and viewpoints. Starting with her childhood in England during World War II's blitzkrieg, Goodall's life has not been one that most of us would consider "normal." Her love of animals and learning was apparent right from the start and became mixed with her family's belief in a divine being and how this everyday belief can help one to survive. Through a chance meeting with anthropologist Louis Leakey, Goodall was given the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees. Her recounting of how her scientific theories developed along with her religious convictions, especially during crisis situations such as the abduction of some of her students by rebels from Zaire or the long, agonizing death from cancer of her second husband, provides interesting insights into the personal convictions of a world-famous researcher. This unusual book tells of not only the adventures of Goodall's life but also the faith she constantly relies on and learns from, and as such, it is a unique look at the development of a scientist. --Nancy Bent

Publisher's Weekly Review

The world's most famous, and perhaps most beloved, female scientist has previously related much of her life's outer journeyÄmost notably in In the Shadow of Man and Through a Window, which described her groundbreaking work with the chimpanzees of Gombe, in Africa. In this marvelous book, however, Goodall revealsÄwith clarity, great passion and purposeÄher inner journey. How invigorating it is to read the memoir of a scientist who proclaims frankly, and in language often infused with power and grace (a nod to Goodall's coauthor Berman, author of The Journey Home, etc.), an abiding faith in the sacredness of all life. Goodall, who's 65, covers her entire life here, from her earliest years in England, raised by a strong and loving family, through her apprenticeship under Louis Leakey and her years at Gombe, to her more recent work as an activist for environmental causes and animal rights. There are passages that verge on the mystical ("I and the chimpanzees, the earth and trees and air, seemed to merge, to become one with the spirit power of life itself"), a scattering of not terrific poems and great swaths of rapturous nature writing. The book's tone is highly emotional, sometimes sentimental, but Goodall is no naif. A chapter entitled "The Roots of Evil" describes her shocking discovery of chimps' capacity for cannibalistic attacks on members of their own community; "Death" details her despair at the suffering and demise of her husband, Derek, from cancer. Despite the darkness, however, throughout her life's adventuresÄand there are enough, in jungle and city, to make this book viscerally as well as morally thrillingÄGoodall has nurtured a fundamental understanding that goodness can prevail, with each person's help. This is a moving and inspiring book that will be treasured by all concerned about the fate of the planet and its inhabitants. 16 pp. of b&w photos. Simultaneous Warner AudioBook; author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The renowned primatologist offers her spiritual biography. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1. Beginningsp. 1
Chapter 2. Preparationsp. 17
Chapter 3. Africap. 37
Chapter 4. Gombep. 59
Chapter 5. Solitudep. 71
Chapter 6. A Decade of Changep. 83
Chapter 7. Paradise Lostp. 97
Chapter 8. The Roots of Evilp. 111
Chapter 9. Precursors to Warp. 125
Chapter 10. Compassion and Lovep. 137
Chapter 11. Deathp. 151
Chapter 12. Healingp. 169
Chapter 13. Moral Evolutionp. 183
Chapter 14. On the Road to Damascusp. 205
Chapter 15. Hopep. 229
Chapter 16. Beyond the Holocaustp. 253
Chapter 17. The End at the Beginningp. 263