"[A] compelling, all-angles examination. . . . Laufer delivers an absorbing science lesson for fans of the colorful bugs." --"Publishers Weekly""" "Recommended for scientists and lay readers who enjoyed Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief."" --"Library Journal" "Like "The Orchid Thief," "The Dangerous World of Butterflies" takes us deep into the dark heart of obsessed collectors and the passionate activism of people working to repopulate species like the Palos Verdes blue. Worlds within worlds: Laufer, a veteran reporter on cultural and political borders, understands how these worlds cross and collide. His book is a Venn diagram of the beautiful and bizarre." --"Los Angeles Times""" "[Laufer's] book is charming and his attention to detail, combined with a real gift for describing these fascinating characters -- like calling entomologist Arthur Shapiro "an endless litany of intriguing butterfly stories" -- made me want to read everything else he has written." --Andrew Ervin, "Washington Post""" ..".Laufer's "The Dangerous World of Butterflies" packs real entertainment wallop in a book filled with informed tidbits custom-designed for cocktail hour." --P. Joseph Potocki, "The Bohemian""" "A charming . . . meditation on butterflies and the people who love them." --"Kirkus""" ""The Dangerous World of Butterflies: the Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists" by Peter Laufer is an eye-opening peek into the world of butterfly collecting. From true crime to heated debates between butterfly conservationists and butterfly farmers, this book reads like a novel." --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette""" "Like "The Orchid Thief," a book that exposed many unexpected aspects connected to another of nature's beautiful gifts, "The Dangerous World of Butterflies" is an entertaining, enlightening read." --"Seattle Times" "Laufer weaves his tale with a genial flair. . . . The journey with Laufer is one well worth taking." --"Audubon""" "From the natural history and ecology
War weary after writing a book about Iraq and psychologically fatigued by a career of reporting bad and sad news, Peter Laufer jokingly said his next book would be about butterflies and flowers, simple analogies for peace and love. The result: an invitation to a butterfly preserve in Nicaragua where he soon discovered the behind-the-scenes world of collectors, criminals, and cops obsessed with one of nature’s most compelling miracles.
The Dangerous World of Butterflies chronicles Laufer’s adventures within the butterfly industry and the butterfly underground. He examines the allure of butterflies and recounts the constant role they have played throughout history and across cultures in mythology and art. But his research takes an unpredictable turn into the high-stake realms of organized crime, ecological devastation, species depletion, the integrity of museum collections, and chaos theory.
Along with beauty and renewal, the butterfly has become an unwitting symbol for greed and vanity. Laufer’s widely praised journey of discovery throughout the Americas and beyond offers a rare look into a theater of intrigue, peopled with quirky and nefarious characters—all in pursuit of these delicate, beautiful creatures.
Read this book, and your garden—and the world—will never look quite the same.
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