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In this classic volume, Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully and magically portrays the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years: the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories; the adventures of the field biologists who pursue and investigate the habits of wild creatures; the anthropologists seeking man’s origins throughout the Rift Valley; and the lonely African, poised between the traditional ways and the conflicting demands of Western culture.

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Critic Reviews

In this classic volume, Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to bring East Africa vividly to life.
“Stunning….The Africa [Matthiessen] evokes is finally timeless, majestic, throbbing with life, indivisible.” ( Saturday Review)
“Few nature books called 'classic' are as deserving of the appellation as this one, for no one writes about Africa with quite the same insight and enthusiasm as Peter Matthiessen.” ( Kirkus Reviews) (UK)

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Tree Where Man Was Born to be better than the print version?

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The first download starting pausing toward the end. It was most annoying as I was so engrossed and I had to keep pushing pal over and over. It was not the system, I listened to it w/ headphones , it still happened. The second download skipped a few times, nowhere near as bad as the pausing. I'm only mentioning it because I love your company and it's the first time anything like that has happened. I thought it would be helpful. AN AMAZING BOOK!

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