Author: Dan Drollette Jr
Publisher: Crown publisher
Year it was published: 2013
An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals.
Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a close relative of the nearly extinct Javan rhino. In an age when scientists are excited by discovering a new kind of tube worm, the thought of finding and naming a new large terrestrial mammal is astonishing, and wildlife biologists from all over the world are flocking to this dangerous region. The result is a race between preservation and destruction.
Containing research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs, ex-Viet Cong, and the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war's end, Gold Rush in the Jungle goes deep into the valleys, hills, and hollows of Vietnam to explore the research, the international trade in endangered species, the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and the effort of a handful of biologists to save the world's rarest animals.
I feel guilty for not wanting to read this book because I feel that it is an important read for laymen and others alike; yet I'll be honest in saying that books dealing with science or rescue efforts are, apparently, not my cup of tea. I guess when it comes to non-fiction I preffer history, a few biographies, self-help, and diaries, but apparently not science. Once more, I'm sorry.
Although I'm sure that this is something everyone should read, I don't feel interested in reading it, and its not because I'm a cruel person or could care less, its because it doesn't match my interests.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)