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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Juli 2014

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Random House; Auflage: New. (15. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400069335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400069330
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 2,7 x 24,2 cm
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“I have to confess—my love of elephants made me apprehensive to review a book about their role in World War II. But as soon as I began to read Elephant Company, I realized that not only was my heart safe, but that this book is about far more than just the war, or even elephants. This is the story of friendship, loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species. . . . [Vicki] Croke is a natural storyteller. . . . Elephant Company is nothing less than a sweeping tale, masterfully written.”—Sara Gruen, The New York Times Book Review

“Splendid . . . Blending biography, history, and wildlife biology, [Vicki Constantine] Croke’s story is an often moving account of [Billy] Williams, who earned the sobriquet ‘Elephant Bill,’ and his unusual bond with the largest land mammals on earth.”—The Boston Globe
“Some of the biggest heroes of World War II were even bigger than you thought. . . . You may never call the lion the king of the jungle again.”—New York Post

Elephant Company is as powerful and big-hearted as the animals of its title. Billy Williams is an extraordinary character, a real-life reverse Tarzan raised in civilization who finds wisdom and his true self living among jungle beasts. Vicki Constantine Croke delivers an exciting tale of this elephant whisperer–cum–war hero, while beautifully reminding us of the enduring bonds between animals and humans.”—Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time
“The true-life heroics of Elephant Company during World War II  highlight how animals and humans together can achieve extraordinary things. Croke’s evocative writing and deep understanding of the animal-human bond bring vividly to life Elephant Bill’s great passion and almost mystical connection with his magnificent beasts. This is a wonderful read.”—Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion
 “A spellbinding, true story of elephantine and human courage, set in one of the Earth’s most exotic jungles during the Second World War, Elephant Company is a triumph that will make you cheer!”—Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and Journey of the Pink Dolphins

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Vicki Constantine Croke has been chronicling animal life for more than two decades—tracking polar bears, Tasmanian devils, and Madagascar’s top predator, the fossa. She now covers animal issues for WBUR-FM, Boston’s NPR news station, on air (Here and Now) and on WBUR’s The Wild Life online. Her work there earned a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She is the author of The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal,and The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos—Past, Present and Future. Croke has worked on nature documentaries for Disney and for the A&E channel and anchored The Secret Life of Animals on NECN-TV. She also wrote The Boston Globe’s “Animal Beat” column for thirteen years, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Sunday Telegraph, Time, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, National Wildlife, and Discover magazine, among others. She lives in the Boston area.

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Great true adventure book: How elephants helped to win a war 28. Juli 2014
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Born in 1897, during the declining years of the British colonial empire, J.H. “Elephant Bill” Williams was a veteran of both World Wars. After World War I, he went to Burma and made a career of overseeing the captive elephants which helped to move teak wood from the jungles of Burma to the markets of the world.

Williams had an innate love for the Burmese elephants and they loved him back. Whereas the traditional training of elephants had tended to be unkind or even brutal, Elephant Bill revolutionized their care. He treated the animals with kindness and respect, and even started elephant training schools so they could gradually learn the skills they needed, instead of breaking their spirits to bring them into submission.

Williams’ knowledge of elephants assumed dramatic importance during World War II when Burma was invaded by Japan. The Japanese would have captured the Burmese elephants to build roads and bridges for their advancing army. Williams, however, was able to employ his skills and experience to help the British Army and the Allies retain the valuable animals for their own military needs.

The historic long trek of the elephants with fleeing British refugees, over incredibly difficult terrain into India, was breathtaking. Author Vicki Constantine Croke has done a remarkable job of finding original materials about J.H. Williams and his family, and especially about his work in WWII.

I highly recommend “Elephant Company,” which I read in a Kindle version.
64 von 68 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fascinating true story of empathy, love and nobility in the midst of war. 17. Juli 2014
Von Norman Epstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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WW II seems to have a never ending stream of stories to tell. This is rather unique In not being just an interesting true war history on a part of the CBI (China/Burma/India) front, as well as a love story, but also a moving and eduational tale of humans interacting with another animal species (elephants!) at the highest emotional and social levels. The lessons are legion, not least of which is a sense that the elephants are kinder, gentler and more sensitive than we are. You come away with a better understanding of what constitutes leadership among humans and/or animals. It makes reading about the decimation of elephants for their ivory in the current news ever so much more painful.
34 von 37 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Delightful read 25. Juli 2014
Von Steven J. Morris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The thing I always love about Vicki Croke's writing is the richness and depth of the stories she shares with us. It only starts with the tales she finds. They are always about her specialty; the interaction of complex and interesting people with complex and interesting animals. She develops that with technical and historical detail and manages to use that relationship teach us important things about both. Bandoola is my favorite character. Vicki makes him live for us. I'm not much of an animal person. I don't generally look for animal books, But this book was an amazing read.
25 von 28 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fabulous book! 27. Juli 2014
Von A. M. Turner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you love elephants, you will love this book. It's the story of a man who went to Burma in 1920 to work for the teak industry and ended up fighting to improve life for working elephants. He said he became a better man by learning from elephants. The elephant characters, including the tusker Bandoola, his courageous mother Ma Shwe, and the miraculous "Guide Man," are unforgettable. The last section, on how the elephants helped the Allies in Burma in World War II, is a page-turning adventure! I love this book!
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Like another reviewer 23. September 2014
Von wpa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Like another reviewer, I was also taken in by the title. The majority of this book does not deal with WWII. If you are an animal lover or have an affinity for Indian elephants, than I heartily recommend this read. However, if you are reading this book for information or historical perspective on WWII, you may want to rethink your choice.

What was disappointing about this book is that it was rather like reading a very long blog. It reminded me of someone writing in a diary So rather than getting character development or a compelling plot leading up to the climax of how this wonderful man and his elephants helped in the war effort, you get a somewhat cursory run down of a life (a wonderful, meaningful life, mind you) of a man living with elephants.

It is really disappointing to write this review because, looking at the bibliography, this author really did some amazing and extensive research. After all that effort, the end result was rather limited. And I can't blame the author for this; this is why God made editors. Had the editor been doing his or her job, perhaps this book would markedly better. I will probably try another title by the same author for comparison because she seems like a compassionate soul when it comes to animals. Hopefully someone else edited her other works.

All in all, not a bad book but something that I believe a person wanting a quick extremely easy read would like. This would be a great book to take on a plane.
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