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No Word for Wilderness: Italy's Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth

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Fifty miles outside of Rome live the rarest grizzlies on earth.

In Italian, there is no word for wilderness. Yet in the mountains of Italy, brown bears not only exist, they are fighting to survive amid encroaching development, local and international politics, and the mafia. This meticulously researched and eye-opening book tells the incredible stories of two special popula
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Ashland Creek Press
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Amanda Carlucci
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Four stars for the first half of the book, and 3 stars for the back half. However, if the first one-third was a stand-alone book, I'd absolutely give it 5 stars!

This book is extremely fascinating, and the author has a way of writing that turns a non-fiction, potentially dry topic, into an almost suspenseful thriller. That's at least what the first 3rd was like, anyway. During that time, whenever I put the book down I couldn't wait to pick it back up again!
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Clare O'Beara
This outsider's overview of Italy's brown bears is not easy to read, because of the frequent descriptions of mauled and dead animals, assassination attempts, animals tortured by Mafia as threat demonstration, and so on. As human habitation encroaches further on wild zones, large animals are squeezed.

Starting with the descriptions of Italy's two resident populations, one on the spine of Italy's mountains the native bear, and one in the Alps a transplanted Slovenian bear, we're swiftly off to Ger
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Kim Cabrera
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book refers to the fact that there is no word for wilderness in Italian. According to the author, in Italy, national parks are not the big deal that they are in other parts of the world. The locals don’t go visit them often. So, when something threatens the existence of the last bears there, people are not familiar with them.

One bear made himself known though. The author tells the story of Bruno, a bear who wreaked havoc during a major sports event. This bear killed sheep and
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Derek Haas
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic nonfiction book that reads like a thriller novel. I am really impressed with Roger Thompson's writing throughout. Sharp, vivid, evocative writing with interwoven research and poignant and compelling descriptions. ...more
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Roger Thompson splits time between writing nonfiction and teaching. His first book, a co-authored Iraq War memoir, was an award-winning best seller that was covered by the New York Times, NPR, the CBC, and many other major media outlets. His most recent book examines the plight of the rarest bears on earth. Living only 50 miles from Rome, the so-called "Italian grizzlies" are on the brink of extin ...more

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