Giants and men

A new book explores the many textures of African elephants

Bob Grant
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Apr 30, 2009
Writing and researching his latest book put renowned author linkurl:Dale Peterson,; yet again, in unfamiliar territory.
Peterson -- who has written books on the history of psychiatry, personal computing, apes, and primatologist Jane Goodall -- says that his __modus operandi__ is to dive into book topics he knows little about. For linkurl:__Elephant Reflections__,; Peterson again came face-to-face with an imposing subject: the largest land mammals on Earth. "Actually it was similar to several of the books I've done, similar to the books I've done about computers. I didn't know anything about them when I started either," he says. "I went into a new subject and just jumped into it."Researching the book took Peterson and linkurl:Karl Ammann,; the world-famous wildlife photographer and conservationist whose stunning elephant photos accompany Peterson's text, from the jungled mountains of Burma to the verdant plains and dappled forests of Africa in search of their quarry.The author...

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