Here Is The Astonishing True Story Of Ruth Harkness, The Manhattan Bohemian Socialite Who, Against All But Impossible Odds, Trekked To Tibet In To Capture The Most Mysterious Animal Of The Day A Bear That Had For Countless Centuries Lived In Secret In The Labyrinth Of Lonely Cold Mountains In The Lady And The Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke Gives Us The Remarkable Account Of Ruth Harkness And Her Extraordinary Journey, And Restores Harkness To Her Rightful Place Along With Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, And Amelia Earhart As One Of The Great Woman Adventurers Of All TimeRuth Was The Toast Of S New York, A Dress Designer Newly Married To A Wealthy Adventurer, Bill Harkness Just Weeks After Their Wedding, However, Bill Decamped For China In Hopes Of Becoming The First Westerner To Capture A Giant Panda An Expedition On Which Many Had Embarked And Failed Miserably Bill Was Also To Fail In His Quest, Dying Horribly Alone In China And Leaving His Widow Heartbroken And Adrift And So Ruth Made The Fateful Decision To Adopt Her Husband S Dream As Her Own And Set Off On The Adventure Of A LifetimeIt Was Not Easy Indeed, Everything Was Against Ruth Harkness In Decadent Shanghai, The Exclusive Fraternity Of White Male Explorers Patronized Her, Scorned Her, And Joked About Her Softness, Her Lack Of Experience And Money But Ruth Ignored Them, Organizing, Outfitting, And Leading A Bare Bones Campaign Into The Majestic But Treacherous Hinterlands Where China Borders Tibet As Her Partner She Chose Quentin Young, A Twenty Two Year Old Chinese Explorer As Unconventional As She Was, Who Would Join Her In A Romance As Torrid As It Was TabooTraveling Across Some Of The Toughest Terrain In The World Nearly Impenetrable Bamboo Forests, Slick And Perilous Mountain Slopes, And Boulder Strewn Passages The Team Raced Against A Traitorous Rival, And Was Constantly Threatened By Hordes Of Bandits And Hostile Natives The Voyage Took Months To Complete And Cost Ruth Everything She Had But When, Almost Miraculously, She Returned From Her Journey With A Baby Panda Named Su Lin In Her Arms, The Story Became An International Sensation And Made The Front Pages Of Newspapers Around The World No Animal In History Had Gotten Such Attention And Ruth Harkness Became A Hero Drawing Extensively On American And Chinese Sources, Including Diaries, Scores Of Interviews, And Previously Unseen Intimate Letters From Ruth Harkness, Vicki Constantine Croke Has Fashioned A Captivating And Richly Textured Narrative About A Woman Ahead Of Her Time Part Myrna Loy, Part Jane Goodall, By Turns Wisecracking And Poetic, Practical And Spiritual, Ruth Harkness Is A Trailblazing Figure And Her Story Makes For An Unforgettable, Deeply Moving Adventure From The Hardcover Edition
Vicki Constantine Croke has been covering pets and wildlife forthan a decade, writing the Animal Beat column for The Boston Globe.Croke is the author of The Lady and the Panda, Animal ER, The Modern Ark, and has also written for Time, People, The Washington Post, and Popular Science, among others.A former writer and producer for CNN, she has been a contributing reporter for the National Public Radio environment show Living on Earth and consults on film and television projects, most recently a two hour documentary on gorillas for the AE channel.
- 400 pages
- The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal
- Vicki Constantine Croke
- 21 September 2017 Vicki Constantine Croke