[PDF / Epub] ❤ The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal ✅ Vicki Constantine Croke – Bassgrotto.co.uk

The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal EPUB The Lady And The Panda The True Adventures Of The First American Explorer To Bring Back China S Most Exotic Animal Author Vicki Constantine Croke Bandcamptomp3.co.uk A New York Times BestsellerHere Is The True Story Of Ruth Harkness, The Manhattan Socialite Who Took On The Quest That Cost Her Husband His Life And Trekked To Tibet In 1936 To Capture A Bear That Had For Centuries Lived In Secret In A Labyrinth Of Cold, Lonely Mountains.


10 thoughts on “The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal

  1. says:

    I love reading about the exploits of interesting people traversing parts of the world I ve never seen, and this exuberant biography of a Manhattan dress designer turned international explorer held me rapt with one caveat that I ll explain at the end Ruth Harkness did not come from a wealthy, sophisticated family, but with determination, a flair for design, and a savvy intelligence that allowed her to read people Harkness managed to create a cosmopolitan New York City life for herself, even in the midst of the 1930 s Great Depression She fell in love with then married a rich boy adventurer who hoped to be the first to bring a live panda out of China and into the US When he died in the process, Harkness surprised all her high fashion, socialite friends by deciding she would be the one to take on his mission.Harkness ended up loving China, especially the wild, rugged, mountainous, densely forested, far western areas where the giant panda makes its home, and it s thrilling to read about her rough and tumble travels, the variety of local people she spent time with, and the off the map exotic places...


  2. says:

    She floats through the air with the greatest of ease, the young fashionista on the flying trapeze Or, a young, attractive rich girl who never worked a day in her life goes on fun jaunts in China and lucks herself into bringing a panda back to the United States I have to respect the author for laying out an unvarnished book about a woman who was about as unrelateable to me as possible, and making me care.Reminiscent of the world of explorers pictured in the boyhood dreams of the old man in Up, the world of The Lady and the Panda is every bit as mysterious and romantic Harkness finds romance in the dashing Quentin Young, who helps her realize her deceased husband s goal of capturing a live panda Little did she expect that the act would touch off a storm of panda hunting that would essentially cause them to become endangered To her credit, Harkness realized this and regretted her actions.Along the way, Croke fashions a picture...


  3. says:

    This one really bothered me a lot I like memoirs, and this one sounded like it would be fascinating, since the woman managed to bring back a baby panda, alive She was the first one to do so, and the passion love she had for the pandas is amazing But her lifestyle was quite destructive, her choices were also destructive, and I think she changed people s lives not for the better Very sad story in a lot of ways I also found it interesting that her young husband who was 35 years old died from lung cancerwhich had spread He was a heavy smoker, drank heavily, and it seemed fairly evident that his and hers dissipated lifestyles contributed to their early deaths One other aspect of this story that was interesting is that the men who travelled with her did their best to diminish the value of her contributions She funded the trips, she saved the pandas and got them successfully back t...


  4. says:

    I picked this up on a whim at a used book store, and certainly got way than my 1.50 worth Adventure Romance History Glamour Tragedy Cute animals This book has all that and Highly recommended.


  5. says:

    Somewhat interesting book about a woman venturing into what was considered a man s occupation Ruth Harkness wanted to capture an elusive panda in the memory of her husband and bring it back alive to the states She may have inadvertently caused a shift from the appeal of sending back only skins and parts to institutions to live specimens But in doing so pandas were killed or kep...


  6. says:

    Started this book earlier, but had to return to the library Putting this on pause.


  7. says:

    Ruth Harkness was a dress designer living in New York City when she got word her explorer husband had died before even getting off in earnest on his expedition to bring back a live panda In a shocking move, especially for the 1930s, she decided to go and finish what he started With no exploration experience, only some of her husband s contacts, and her own charm and stubbornness, Harkness set out for China Everyone was sure she d fail horribly, or die trying But with the help of an experienced young explorer, Quentin Young, Harkness succeeded in bringing back the first live panda out of panda country and to the US Panda fever was ignited and Harkness had a long road to travel in figuring out what her next role would be.I read a picture book about Harkness and the first panda to the US and had to read about this woman who succeeded where all the men failed and who helped spur on panda conservation To say that the picture book sugar coats Ruth Harkness tale is a huge understatement It gets the facts right, but the full story is not exactly little kid material She had an affair with her guide on the first trek she went on even though she knew he was engaged , had no problem trying out opium even after her guide had to fire ...


  8. says:

    True story of a novice explored and game hunter, Ruth Harkness, who brings back the first live panda to the western world in 1936 Her idea of capturing a baby panda proved to the correct call, as mature pandas all died I admired her pluck and courage, she was however supported by her team and Quentin Young and others who made her first foray into the wilds of Chine possible Other trips she made and explorations in other countries, paled in comparison While I first found myself championing her unexperience woman versus seasoned, but awful, male big game hunters , her later trips filled me with dismay Success in capturing a panda seemed wrong, forcing the poor creature to live elsewhere, depriving it of its native habitat all in the name of money and fame However, I am looking at this from present day sensibilities.For me the only reason to have animals in captivity is to breed them to save them from exti...


  9. says:

    The story of the first expedition was interesting, except after all that buildup, it was such a letdown how easy Harkness co got their first panda It s also strange to say that they shot over 700 photographs but none came out because a piece of film got stuck in the camera I m really confused about this Didn t they notice that everytime they opened the camera to load film I ll have to agree with some things pointed out by other reviewers This book was about the lady than the panda I m also curious as to what happened to Mei Mei It is also hypocritical for Harkness to go on her second expedition, but not actually search for pandas.This book read better compared to another nonfiction book I just finished There was that balance in setting the scene to give readers an idea what was happening...


  10. says:

    Got about 125 pages into the book before it was put away for keeps I was enjoying the book okay, just not eager to pick it up again when I put it down The style of writing is dramatic and engaging, and apparently the author is doing a LOT of quoting from sources She definitely seems to be a big fan of Ruth Harkness, who does seem to be an incredible woman But coming from a history research background, I wonder about the objective truth of the story she s telling Authors must always decide what to include and what to leave out, and she s such a Harkness fangirl that I wonder what s being left out However, Ruth Harkness is definitely a badass, heading off into China alone except for almost strangers I had hoped to get to at least something about her interacting with ...


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