Jonathan C. Slaght

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Jonathan C. Slaght, PhD, is the Russia and Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He leads research projects on Blakiston's fish owls and Amur tigers, and seeks to unify the conservation objectives of the WCS Russia, Arctic Beringia, and China Programs.

Jonathan authors a guest blog for Scientific American about his experiences in Russia titled “East of Siberia,” and is a top contributor to WCS' "WildView" photoblog.

His writings and scientific research have been featured on BBC World Service, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Audubon Magazine, among others.

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Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght
"Read a galley; here's my blurb: "Owls of the Eastern Ice is a thrilling, high-spirited adventure that beautifully evokes Russia's far east and the strange, hardy beings, both human and wild, who inhabit it. Jonathan Slaght survives swift rivers, r..." Read more of this review »
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The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts
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Absolutely intoxicating. Such vivid detail, rich atmosphere, and heartbreak. Some cherished and some neglected, these pianos tell of the musical colonization of a continent, and their stories sing.
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The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham
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The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
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Across the Ussuri Kray by Vladimir K. Arsenyev
"I love this book so much, it has been one of my favorite reads for the last couple of years. I especially was touched by Arsenyev's account of his friendship with Dersu Uzala, who sounds like a particularly enlightened and wise being. I also enjoy..." Read more of this review »
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
"A completely terrific novel that combines Viking badasses with a YA coming of age story in the old west. SO GOOD it's crazy! And yes, I am a Laybourne devotee but that doesn't make my review any less emphatic! READ THIS BOOK!"
In the Land of White Death by Valerian Albanov
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In the Land of White Death by Valerian Albanov
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Albanov's story is a breathtaking, astounding read, and reasonably well translated. I finished this relatively quickly as, every time I put it down, I wondered how the men were going to get out of the mess that seemed to get worse at every stage. How ...more
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Where the Sea Breaks Its Back by Corey Ford
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Terrific writing. Short but engaging book--read it over a long weekend. Some of Ford's facts and assertions are wrong or misguided, partially due to faulty source material. Consequently, I recommend some additional readings (eg Journal of a Voyage ...more
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The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
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