The Book of Hope
Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams
A NEW SCIENTIST BOOK OF THE YEAR
‘A true hero’ Greta Thunberg
A legendary conservationist. A lifetime spent fighting for nature. An indispensable message of hope.
In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to hope?
Looking at the headlines?the worsening climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, political upheaval?it can be hard to feel optimistic. And yet hope has never been more desperately needed.
In this urgent book, Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist, and Douglas Abrams, the bestselling co-author of The Book of Joy, explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In The Book of Hope, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit.
Filled with inspiring stories and original photographs, The Book of Hope is a rare and intimate look not only at the nature of hope but also into the heart and mind of a woman who revolutionized how we view the world and has spent a lifetime fighting for our future.
There is still hope, and this book will help guide us to it.
'A true hero' -- Greta Thunberg 'One of the most impactful and important leaders on the planet. Jane spends nearly every day spreading optimism and raising awareness worldwide; hers is a powerful message to protect the inherent rights of every living creature, to provide hope for future generations and to sound an urgent call against the greatest environmental threat of all-climate change' -- Leonardo DiCaprio 'A lifetime of experience and wisdom combines with much-needed optimism in this guide to the climate crisis and what we can do about it' * Guardian * 'Goodall's tales are undeniably uplifting, as is her life story' * Financial Times * 'I don't feel there could have been a more timely moment for this book to be coming into our lives... it's the book we've been waiting for. It's the book we've been hoping for' -- Jay Shetty, author of Think Like a Monk 'Illuminating... teases out Goodall's thoughts on why one should feel hopeful in "dark times." In unpacking her belief in the power of persistence, Goodall takes readers to her childhood home in England, where her family questioned if she had the constitution to travel to Africa; to Tanzania, where she studied chimpanzees and came face to face with "crippling poverty, lack of good education and degradation of the land"; and into her work as a U.N. Messenger of Peace. Her infectious optimism and stirring call to action make this necessary reading for those concerned about the planet's future. Goodall's rousing testament will resonate widely' * Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review) * 'At 87, the world-renowned naturalist and conservationist remains a doughty campaigner who has inspired Greta Thunberg and countless others. Now she draws on the wisdom of a lifetime dedicated to nature to explain why she still has hope for the natural world and humanity. In a series of enthralling conversations with her co-author Abrams, she weaves together stories from her travels and activism to offer a manifesto of hope - which shows that even in our current state of adversity, we can still take inspiration from nature' * Bookseller * 'Hers is no rose-tinted vision, but a lucidly argued conviction that hope is a human survival trait' * Financial Times * 'Both a memoir of a well-lived life and a compendium of stories of 'people who succeed because they won't give up'' * New Scientist * It gives accessibility, lightness and even warmth to what might otherwise be some heavy, distressing topics. This is a book that asks us - finally - to take action. Beautifully written, with a lot of heart and insight, this is a lovely, uplifting read that is still rooted in the real. * Buzz Magazine * An informative road map of ideas for ways in which every person may help bring about positive change in the world, rooted firmly in an awareness of how bad things have really gotten. -- Barbara J. King, author of Animals' Best Friends * NPR * Her message is contagious, her gentleness persuasive, her wisdom deep, and if this little book were to be gifted in households across the world...then perhaps her message of hope would grow roots and shoots and unite us. -- Katherine Norbury * The Washington Post *
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