The Snake Charmer

The Snake Charmer : A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge

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In the fall of 2001, deep in the jungle of Burma, a team of scientists searches for rare snakes. They are led by Dr. Joe Slowinski, at 38 already one of the most brilliant biologists of our time. It is the most ambitious scientific expedition ever mounted into this remote region, brought to a dramatic halt by the bite of the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. Thus begins one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times. In The Snake Charmer, renowned journalist and author Jamie James captures the life and death of the fascinating and charismatic Joe Slowinski--a man whose career was fast and exciting, and whose tragic final expedition became a pulse-pounding struggle between man and nature.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 139 x 202 x 16.76mm | 354g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps, black & white plates, colour plates
  • 140130995X
  • 9781401309954
  • 408,130

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"This book will astonish and delight anyone who believes that the great age of biological collecting is over."--Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
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About Jamie James

Jamie James is the author of eight books, including Music of the Spheres, Other Origins, and Eccentrics: A Study in Sanity and Strangeness. He has lived in Indonesia since 1999, where he continues to write for top American newspapers and magazines, including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Conde Nast Traveler, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.
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341 ratings
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