The Way of the Panda (Ebook)

The Curious History of China's Political Animal

Henry Nicholls

The extraordinary impact of the panda - from obscurity to fame - a story of China's transition from shy beginnings to centre stage

In a most original book, science writer Henry Nicholls uses the rich and curious story of the panda from its 'discovery' 150 years ago in the highlands of China to its present international status as endearing icon of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF - fifty years old in 2011) and shy darling of the world's zoos to do several things - to chart the emergence of modern China onto the global stage; to examine our changing attitude to the natural world; and to offer a compelling history of the conservation movement.

Publication date: 30/09/2010


ISBN: 9781847652911


Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Travel & Nature

Reviews for The Way of the Panda

'A fascinating story of an extraordinary animal'

Desmond Morris 

'Henry Nicholls expertly charts the panda's decades of fame and binds together many intriguing facets of 150 years of Sino-Western interaction'

 Daily Mail

'Thoroughly readable ... sheds valuable light on a mysterious and often misunderstood creature'

 BBC Wildlife

'Insightful and meticulously researched ... provides fascinating insights into the panda's rise to its current popularity ... [Nicholls] has the skill, rare among scientists, of explaining science in a clear and appealing manner. His writing is easygoing yet informative, and will be accessible to any reader with an interest in nature'

Fintan Enright Irish Examiner

'An engaging popular science narrative ... absorbing and illuminating'

 Morning Star

'The story is indeed fascinating, and Nicholls tells it with tremendous verve ... this is narrative nonfiction at its best'

Ian Critchley Sunday Times


Kate Kellaway Observer

'A fascinating story'

 History Today

'Curious but engaging'

 Times Literary Supplement

Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls is a journalist, author and broadcaster,in evolutionary biology, conservation and history of science. He is the author of The Way of the Panda (9781846683688). His first book Lonesome George was about the Galapagos Archipelago and global conservation.

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