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Life in the Undergrowth Hardcover – Illustrated, 2 January 2006

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; 1st edition (2 January 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0691127034
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691127033
  • Dimensions : 18.08 x 2.57 x 25.6 cm
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With its superb synthesis of the majority of living species, Life in the Undergrowth is a high point in David Attenborough's career, but it is also an elegant restatement of something he has spent a lifetime trying to teach: we are simply one species among a multitude, all of which are worthy of our interest and respect.---Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books

A companion to a new television program on Animal Planet, this wonderful exploration of invertebrates exceeds the requirements for a great nature book through the strength of its photographs and the quality of its prose.

Attenborough is at it again, exploring the natural world with his team of cinematographers and clearly explaining what they've found to a lay audience. . . The text is always lively.

The stories told in this book are astonishing, and Attenborough knows just what wonder buttons to push. . . . This is a beautifully written book--a worthwhile addition to any family library and a fitting companion for anyone's lap while watching Life in the the Undergrowth.

Well-known naturalist Attenborough has written this book in a most engaging manner. Illustrated with stunning photographs, it serves both to inspire and inform.

David Attenborough is one of those beloved Brits equally at home on the small screen or on the page, and Life in the Undergrowth is a companion volume to a television series of the same name. On the cover, a damselfly with the biggest, bluest eyes you ever saw peers out, inviting the reader in for one of Attenborough's trademark forays into the lives--social, sexual and gustatory, if not psychological--of creatures that comprise some 80 percent, says Stephen Marshall [author of Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity] of all identified animal species, with doubtless many more to come.---Martin Levin, Globe and Mail

[A] beautifully produced study of fossil invertebrates.---John Wilson, First Things

""In Life in the Undergrowth, Sir David Attenborough again makes the difficult seem effortless—he delivers with characteristic grace and informality intimate details of the lives of creatures that often pass without notice, and yet on whom the functioning of this biological planet rests. I believe this to be the very best in his series—the sense of breathless wonder in his subject is palpable—and it joins the classic collections of nature essays by E. O. Wilson, Thomas Eisner, and Rachel Carson.""—Brian D. Farrell, Professor of Biology and Curator in Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

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"In Life in the Undergrowth, Sir David Attenborough again makes the difficult seem effortless--he delivers with characteristic grace and informality intimate details of the lives of creatures that often pass without notice, and yet on whom the functioning of this biological planet rests. I believe this to be the very best in his series--the sense of breathless wonder in his subject is palpable--and it joins the classic collections of nature essays by E. O. Wilson, Thomas Eisner, and Rachel Carson."--Brian D. Farrell, Professor of Biology and Curator in Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

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