By: Susan Snyder
256 pages, 150 col photos, illus
The story of the California grizzly bear. Once arguably the most powerful and terrifying animal in the California landscape, it now lives in the imagination, a disembodied symbol of the romantic West. The book is also a portal into one of California's great resources, the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley. More than 150 images from the library's archives and collections - newspaper illustrations from the gold rush, paintings from early scientific expeditions, photo albums, sheet music, settlers' diaries, fruit-crate labels, and more - accompany the bear stories of Indians, explorers, vaqueros, forty-niners, and naturalists, among others.
"Bear in Mind proves the truth of that story about the canary in the coal mine, except that this canary weighed a thousand pounds. It seems like they've been gone forever, but it really hasn't been that long. An absolutely wonderful book."-John Nielsen, National Public Radio Environment Correspondent.
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