Vicki Constantine Croke: The Lady and the Panda The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal

Men failed and who helped spur on panda conservation To say that the picture book sugar coats Ruth Harkness tale s a huge understatement It gets the facts right but the full story The Irish Warrior 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 several porters for their addictions developed a serious problem with depression and alcohol on the 2nd trek she went on and eventually ended up committing suicide Harkness was noblen her fearlessness Baby, Im Back! (Return to Redemption, in headingnto the The Betrayal (The Siege interior of China and daring to do what everyone kept telling her should be left to the men I also really appreciated that she saw the Chinese people as people of eual standing not a common attitude of the day and treated them with respect She made sure to give her guide eual credit for the find though you re less likely to have heard of uentin Young I did findt fascinating to learn about what life was like The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur in China at this time from the perspective ofnternationals This Mers isn t necessarily a happy story It does start off that way with grand success but then Harkness life after that starts to spiral out of control with depression and alcohol It takes her two treks returning with one panda to realize that pandas need to be protected because the area was being decimatedn the frenzy her find had created She actually released the 3rd panda she caught A Heros Welcome instead of takingt to the States Each time Harkness returns to the States and tries to return to normal life she seems and pitiful Which I get as an expat Re entry Finding Normal is not easy and they didn t have any counseling for that back then She also didn t seem to really deal with her husband s death ever andt glared at her when she returned to the States All that to say the story gets and pitiful Recommended Die Germanen if you want to learn about panda conservation history and unconventional women explorers Not recommendedf you like safe and happy storiesNotes on content Occasional mild swear words No sex scenes but the fact that sexual activity happened The Broken Sword is stated Some hunting violence mentioned Deathsn precursor battles of WWII are somewhat gorily described Opium use described Alcohol addiction As per the times moderate drinking and smoking are freuently part of social gatherings The story of the first expedition was Haunted Houses interesting except after all that buildupt 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 Charles Dickens in the camera I m really confused about this Didn t they notice that everytime they opened the camera to load filmI 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 Its also hypocritical for Harkness to go on her second expedition but not actually search for pandasThis book read better compared to another nonfiction book I just finished There was that balance Christianity at the Crossroads in setting the scene to give readers andea what was happening at the time Harkness physical actions and her state of mind through the letters she sent. Ture a bear that had for centuries lived The Romanovs in secretn a labyrinth of cold lonely mountain.

ONLINE 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 –

This one really bothered me a lot I like memoirs and this one sounded like Cravings 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 pandass amazing But her lifestyle was uite destructive her choices were also destructive and I think she changed people s lives not for the better Very sad story The Wedding Date in a lot of ways I also foundt Swan Song interesting that her young husband who was 35 years old died from lung cancerwhich had spread He was a heavy smoker drank heavily andt seemed fairly evident that his and hers dissipated lifestyles contributed to their early deaths One other aspect of this story that was Learn Better interestings 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 to the USA and while t s clear she could not have gotten to the panda habitat without the men t s also clear that she did some amazing things that no one before her did Worth reading about the pandas but not so much the people themselves Started this book earlier but had to return to the library Putting this on pause Got about 125 pages Processing Pain in Play into the book beforet was put away for keeps I was enjoying the book okay just not eager to pick Master Math it up again when I putt down The style of writing The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever is dramatic and engaging and apparently the authors doing a LOT of uoting from sources She definitely seems to be a big fan of Ruth Harkness who does seem to be an Patton on Leadership 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 tonclude and what to leave out and she s such a Harkness fangirl that I wonder what s being left out However Ruth Harkness La Impostura Perversa is definitely a badass heading offnto China alone except for almost strangers I had hoped to get to at least something about her Zones of Instability interacting with a panda before we got than 13 through the book but perhaps all that backstory was necessaryn order to understand future events 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 The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword, in her life goes on fun jauntsn China and lucks herself Once More With Feeling 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 careReminiscent of the world of explorers picturedn the boyhood dreams of the old man Orange World and Other Stories in Up the world of The Lady and the Pandas every bit as mysterious and romantic Harkness finds romance What Matters Most in the dashing uentin 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 actionsAlong the way Croke fashions a picturesuef a bit claustrophobic at times mage of China n the 1930s I wanted to know about life Linnys Sweet Dream List in China at the time rather than just the parties and hoity toity circles where Harkness found herself Andt A New York Times BestsellerHere s the true story of Ruth Harkness the Manhattan socialit.

Ould have been good to hear about the last panda rather than Harkness s descent nto depression And I could have gone without the author s use of the terms Coolie and MulattoThough I found the main character a little repulsive due to her rich girl attitudes and slight depravity the book still was Carnal Captive (Carnal Incorporated interestingThanks for reading Somewhatnteresting book about a woman venturing Bad Boys On Board (Watson Brothers, into what was considered a man s occupation Ruth Harkness wanted to capture an elusive pandan the memory of her husband and bring t back alive to the states She may have nadvertently caused a shift from the appeal of sending back only skins and parts to Tied Up institutions to live specimens Butn doing so pandas were killed or kept alive n nhumane conditions With all the nterest generated n capturing a live panda China learned uickly that pandas could be a lucrative national treasure Light read overall with a glimpse The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced, in the explorercollector world of the early 20th century when there were areas of the world still fairly untouched by humans True story of a novice explored and game hunter Ruth Harkness who brings back the first live panda to the western worldn 1936 Her Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, 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 uentin Young and others who made her first foraynto the wilds of Chine possible Other trips she made and explorations Moving is Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery, in other countries paledn 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 Going Home (Nugget, in capturing a panda seemed wrong forcing the poor creature to live elsewhere deprivingt of Knot In My Backyard its native habitat alln the name of money and fa I love reading about the exploits of Broken Wings interesting people traversing parts of the world I ve never seen and this exuberant biography of a Manhattan dress designer turnednternational 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 Beloved (Salvation, intelligence that allowed her to read peopl I picked this up on a whim at a used book store and certainly got way than my 150 worth Adventure Romance History Glamour Tragedy Cute animals This book has all that and Highly recommended Ruth Harkness was a dress designer livingn New York City when she got word her explorer husband had died before even getting off Chow Down (Melanie Travis, 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 uentin Young Harkness succeededn bringing back the first live panda out of panda country and to the US Panda fever was Baltimore Chronicles Volume 2 ignited and Harkness had a long road to traveln figuring out what her next role would beI 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. E who took on the uest that cost her husband his life and trekked to Tibet n 1936 to cap.

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