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The Species Seekers
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Richard Coniff, a Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the National Magazine Award, writes for Smithsonian and National Geographic and is a frequent commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and a guest columnist for the New York Times. His books include The Natural History of the Rich, Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time, and The Species Seekers. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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"This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story." -- Wall Street Journal
"[Conniff's] enthusiasm for his subject and admiration of these explorers is infectious . . . an entertaining survey." -- Kirkus Reviews
"[This] history of the `great age of discovery' is spellbinding." -- Publishers Weekly
"An anecdotal romp through the strange history of naturalism. Absurd characters, exciting discoveries, and fierce rivalries abound." -- Outside Magazine
"An enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes." -- New Scientist
"A swashbuckling romp...brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era." -- BBC Focus
"Modern biology and medicine would not be what they are today if not for the death-defying naturalists who set out to travel the world and find new species. In The Species Seekers, Richard Conniff creates a marvelous rogues' gallery of these brave, sometimes reckless heroes of taxonomy, full of surprising tales of gorillas, platypuses, and disease-laden mosquitoes." -- Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex
"A marvelous tribute to the age of wonder." -- Bernd Heinrich, author of The Nesting Season

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