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Mądrość wilków

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  999 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Kochaj rodzinę, troszcz się o tych, których powierzono twojej opiece, nigdy się nie poddawaj, nigdy nie zaniechaj zabawy – oto wilcze zasady. Wilki z pełną empatią troszczą się o starych i chorych, z miłością wychowują dzieci, a w zabawie potrafią zapomnieć o wszystkim. Myślą, marzą, planują, inteligentnie porozumiewają się ze sobą i są bardziej podobne do nas niż może nam ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 13th 2019 by Czarna Owca (first published October 30th 2017)
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~Jo~
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was a refreshing change from the norm for me. I've always been curious about wolves, and apart from looking absolutely beautiful, I know that they can be very territorial. I suppose this book has changed my perception on wolves slightly, as well as giving me lots of interesting snippets of information.

Even though this book is subtitled "How wolves can teach us to be more human" apart from a paragraph or two at the end of each chapter, all this book is about is in fact, wolves and the b
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Helena
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe this book won’t affect everyone the same way, but on me, a nature lover, it left a big impression.
You can feel the wilderness through the book and learn so much from these beautiful creatures.
Every chapter starts with a quote and
at the end, I would add this quote here:

“The Tiger and the Lion may be more powerful but the Wolf doesn’t perform in the circus!”
Matt Kelly
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-own
There were some very interesting stories and facts about wolves throughout this book, including the return of wild wolves into Germany. If the whole book was about that it would have been great. However, and it probably is my fault for choosing a book that included 'how wolves can teach us to be more human' in the subtitle, but this book is full of the most inane comments on modern life (e.g. kids spent too much time on their devices). The moralising throughout ruined it for me. ...more
Alma Marta
Had this bought as a birthday present as the person who bought it me knew I loved wolves. Enjoyed reading it as a change. It wasn't brilliantly written but it gave a lovely insight in to how wolves survived and live both in captivity and in the wild. Yes an enjoyable read. ...more
Audrey Arnold
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Really enjoyed this book. I love wolves, and this book had lots of fascinating stories and facts that taught me a lot about them. The author is clearly very knowledgeable, and I liked how she carefully dispelled so many of the common stereotypes and misconceptions about wolves and wolf society. It is also a well-written call to action to respect nature and suggests what we can do to preserve it.

But I think what I loved most about this book was how perfectly the author captured and put into word
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Henna
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"And once again the wolves made something clear to me: the longer I observe them, the less I know about them."

The Wisdom of Wolves is a brilliant combination of natural history study of wolves and impassioned memoir. The years Radinger has spend studying the wolves in their natural habitat shines through the pages; her analysis is on point. It is both passionate and critical, she presents her arguments with a deep knowledge and understanding of wolves, their nature, and wilderness. The book is s
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Stephen Palmer
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
'The Wisdom Of Wolves' is a book about wolves.

The subtitle however is: How wolves can teach us to be more human. In fact, although there is a little section at the end of each chapter on this theme, the book isn’t really about anything other than wolves and wolf society. Most of the human equivalences are either trite or so over-generalised as to be meaningless. This sounds like heavy criticism, but it isn’t really, because the human end-chapter sections are very short.

And the author really know
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Joana Gomes
Well, I am completely biased in this review for 2 reasons: 1) I am fascinated by wild animals, but I have a soft spot for wolves (and horses); 2) every book about conservationism is for me of utmost importance.
You should pick up this book if you love wolves, to understand more about the species and their behavior, also to understand more why they are vilified by farmers, shepherds and other communities, if you want to learn what to do in case you find yourself facing a wolf (that´s a privilege,
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Rick Wood
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the book is interesting, I think it tries too hard to be profound. The author does a very good job of describing wolf behavior and how we can, and often do, behave as wolves. She has a very easy writing style and her work is very readable. Unfortunately, I think it tends to go on a little to long and tries a little too hard to drive home her philosophical points about wolves as models for how humans can/should behave. I can't argue with that, however, humans do not tend to live "as in the ...more
Raquel Paiva
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptionally well-written book with loads of important information for any wolf lover. I enjoyed the fact that the author presents the wolf exactly as it is: an animal, a predator, who obviously obeys its nature. No such thing as the big bad wolf, nor the good wolf, just THE wolf. The book does justice to a still very misunderstood animal, dispels myths, and offers great advice on how we can learn from wolves and possibly even improve our lives and relationships.

I totally recommend to all wo
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Nick Holden
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Radinger provides an intimate look into the behaviour of predominantly Yellowstone wolves, but also those from her home country of Germany, and draws parallels with our own ancestors' connection with wolves, and how we, in this modern fast paced tech-obsessed age, must break the misguided and often destructive societal perceptions of wolves, and actually see them not only as nature's children, living their natural lives in a wild landscape but also that we have a lot to learn about ourselves fro ...more
Nicki Cockburn
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read heaps of books about dogs, dog behaviour, animals ETC - but this is one of the best. It was easy to read - non-patronising, but at a level that anyone can read without thinking the person writing it is obnoxious!
Sometimes people write long-windedly, thinking they're being impressive - but this was written clearly and compassionately - with humour thrown in.
It really made me want to pack my bags and go exploring. It also mentions the background of wolves, I.E. leginds ETC.
I'll certain
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Clare Rhoden
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot to like about this marvellous book. The included photos, although black and white, are inspirational.
Much of the information was not new to me as a follower of most things wolf-y for many years, but the individual perspective of someone who has experiences over 10,000 encounters with wolves was fascinating.
The wolf attitude is one that we could embrace with benefit to every single one of us.
Thank you Elli Radinger for sharing your story.
Fran
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say 3.8/5

Pros: A lot of great and pretty fascinating stories about wolves in Yellowstone, with some great fun facts about life in nature. For example, natural connection of ravens and wolves, feeding habits, etc.

Cons: clichés like "wolves are enjoying life, humans live in virtual world of iPhones, tablets..."

In conclusion, nice and mostly easygoing book to learn something new.
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Tina
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about nature and animals excites me. This time I went to get to know the wolves up close, that real life, author spoke straight from the shoulder... Getting to know the cold surroundings, the beautiful nature.

The author also included her view of the modern human world and dared to chide some things. I also liked this personal look of hers, but maybe someone isn’t ready for it.

Beautiful photos at the end of each chapter draw you even easier and further to read.
Katarzyna Jezierska
A fascinating story of author’s love for wolves, their social behaviors and life in Yellowstone park and in Germany. Enriched with beautiful photography, inspiring desire to go there and try to meet these magnificent animals. Definitely a great read, even if sometimes slightly with a specific ideology behind.
Goda Stogytė
I took this book with a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity but must say it left me a bit disappointed. The insights and parallels drawn between wolves and humans are kinda shallow and simplistic. It was fun to learn a bit more about daily life of wildlife but I didn’t find it very enriching either. Very easy holiday read but not much more.
Bram
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice introduction to wolves and how they live. It might be the Dutch translation, but the quality of writing wasn't great. The repeated comparison between wolves and humans feels a bit forced. Still I think it's a great perspective on wolves and their return to the wild in the US and Europe. ...more
Christie Nicole
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. There is so much wisdom in just watching animals, and the author seems to know wolves better than anyone I've ever listened to or read. Wolves and humans have a history dating back to the beginning of time, and it's fascinating. We can truly learn how to be better humans by watching our wolf counterparts. Definitely recommend this book. ...more
Donal Hutchinson
Very easy book to read due to the way each chapter addresses different aspects of the wolf while not relying heavily on previous chapters. Gave me beautiful insight into the lives and the psyche of wolves. I'm very glad I spent the time to read this book and I'm grateful to Radinger for sharing her experiences and insights with me. ...more
Katie
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and engaging non-fiction book. I liked all the real life anecdotes and how all the facts were intertwined. I thought the links to humanity were a bit loose and sort of only came into it for the last few paragraphs of each chapter. And honestly, I don't think the connection was needed. The stories about the wolves alone was good enough for me. ...more
Emma
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really beautiful book. I have a new found love and respect for wolfs along with a greater understanding. I have recommended this book to friends and family all
Whom have taken it up with new enthusiasm.

If you are interested in learning about Yellow Stone National Park along with a basic understanding of wolves and why we desperately need them, this is a great book to start with.
Kerrod Goodyer
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly insightful look into how alike we are with wild wolves.
An enlightening read detailing many things from environmentalism, conservation, the “hierarchy” and sometimes lack there of within the Wolf Unit, all rather well explained and extrapolated from real observations of wolves in their (mostly) I disturbed habitats.
King Aníbal
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. A bit of a tear-jerker too. I loved how the author seamlessly spoke about the wolves' behavior and linked it to us humans.
Strange to think than being closer to an animal makes us more human. Very recommended, specially to those fans of animals.
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Costea Bogdan
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real "Bible" for any wolf lover. Sometimes the author has a few radical thoughts about protecting the wolves, but overall is a really enjoyable lecture. The parallels between the human behaviour and the wolf are well explained with details. Definetly worth-a-buy! ...more
Michelle Gomes
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put - magical. Wolves are so similar to humans. They have character, motivations, humor and emotion.
Wolf wisdom : love your family, take care of those who entrust you, never give up and never stop playing
Ms. Cheresa
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The chapters are short and succinct, the messages clear and the personal experiences endearing. I think I particularly enjoyed the book because there are so many similarities to be drawn between wolf pack life and equine herd life. I recommend this for equestrian enthusiasts as well as nature lovers.
Stephanie
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wolves are amazing! What’s more amazing is that it reminds me of the old normals, when you can visit those national parks and observe the marvelous nature. All those sounds like a real luxury to me during the endless 2020.
Anežka
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In each chapter you discover a different part of the fascinating life of wolves. The author describes her own yearslong observation experiences. These wild creatures are very smart, empathetic and very family-oriented. I've got very enthusiastic about wolves. 🐺🖤 ...more
Sören Decraene
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super good book for anyone interested in wolves, animal behaviour and human behaviour!
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Elli H. Radinger is a German free journalist and author.

Originally trained as a lawyer, she changed her line of work in the early 1980s, and has written numerous works on the subject of wolves, dogs, and nature since.

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