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Dreaming in Turtle

Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   10.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/20/2018

Dreaming in Turtle

A Journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684415168
Digital Download ISBN:9781684415175


In the vein of Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Kolbert comes a fascinating exploration into the world of turtles across the globe; Laufer charts the lore, love, and peril to a beloved species.

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Product Description

Dreaming in Turtle is a compelling story of a stalwart animal prized from prehistory through to today—an animal threatened by human greed, pragmatism, and rationalization. It stars turtles and shady and heroic human characters both, in settings ranging from luxury redoubts to degraded habitats, during a time when the confluence of easy global trade, limited supply, and inexhaustible demand has accelerated the stress on species. The growth of the middle class in high-population regions like China, where the turtle is particularly valued, feeds this perfect storm into which the turtle finds itself lashed. This is a tale not just of endangered turtles but also one of overall human failings, frailties, and vulnerabilities—all punctuated by optimistic hope for change fueled by dedicated turtle champions.


"Enlightening...Laufer's passion for his subject translates into an unexpectedly thought-provoking cri de coeur."―Publishers Weekly

"Laufer, who calls turtles 'the canaries in the coalmine called Earth where we all live,' views the process of saving them as being 'of existential importance to us all, and his book is a clear call for action...his love of [turtles] and the lore he includes makes this a highly readable book."―Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing, well-researched celebration and study of turtles and tortoises. [A] love letter to the species that will appeal to those fascinated by turtles and who care about the conservation of endangered animals."―Library Journal

"Wonderfully episodic...Turtle rescue stories mix with tales of patrolling beaches to protect sea turtles and of catching smugglers, while tales of Fred, Laufer's box turtle, provide an emotional connection."―Booklist

Author Bio

Journalist Peter Laufer is the James Wallace Chair Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.