Symbols of beauty and mystery, wolves have always evoked both fear and admiration in humans – their only enemy. Through countless generations, the wolf has simply wanted to be left alone, to hunt, play, and raise its young. Yet over time, our attitude toward the wolf has changed dramatically. Early civilizations revered wolves as creators and helpers. In the Middle Ages, wolves became symbols of evil. In recent times wolves were nearly hunted to extinction. Today, the wolf is an icon of the wild, its howl a cry for preservation. It has been quite a journey – from creator to feared killer to spiritual guardian of the wild.
Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon chronicles the facts and stories, and includes breathtaking photographs and fascinating artifacts.
"A terrific book [...] Grambo provides a fascinating account of the wolf's changing fortunes, from a kind of god-like creator to storybook villain to, most recently, symbol of hope. She uses creation myths, snippets from folk tales and literary references from cultures around the globe to illustrate just how intertwined man and wolf have been from the beginning. The book has beautiful photography by Daniel J. Cox, who captures the wolf in all its iconic glory – howling at the sky, racing across the snow-covered landscape, cubs wrestling in their den."
- Chris Sutton, Nature Canada, 2008-09-27
"This is a terrific book [...] [Rebecca Grambo] provides a fascinating account of the wolf's changing fortunes, from a kind of god-like creature to storybook villain to, most recently, symbol of hope [...] Beautiful photography [that] captures the wolf in all its iconic glory."
- naturecanadablog. 2008-09-27
"Beautifully illustrated [...] Grambo depicts this dynamic animal as it is, an integral part of the animal kingdom."
- Wildlife Activist, 2006- 07
"This beautifully illustrated, thoughtful book explores the intricate relationship between wolves and people."
- Nicole M. Robertson, Oakland Press, 2006-01-01
"The real delights are the photos: close-ups of handsome faces, sweet pictures of mamma wolves and their cubs, and dynamic shots of the animals in action or getting together for a good howl."
- Peggy Earle Norfolk, Vigninian-Pilot 2005-12-21
"Well structured, colorful and engrossing book [...] wide appeal to all readers who are curious about wolves."
- Robert Smith, Science Books and Films 2006-03
"Shifting effortlessly between science and myth, with sociological, anthropological, and ethnological stops along the way, Grambo explores all sides of the wolf, from both lupine and human perspectives. The many illustrations, which include Cox's images of wolves in the wild, reinforce the premise of the text."
- Nancy Bent, Booklist 2006-02-01
"Comprehensive study of the wolf not only explores the evolution and behavior [...] but dwells especially on the complex relationship between man and wolf [...] masterful photography."
- Joy McDonell, Canadian Camera 2005-12
"This beautiful book traces the changing relationship between humans and wolves through the ages."
- Globe and Mail, 2005-10-01
"[Grambo's] text is a great read, but Cox's photos tell much of the story here [...] These creatures are beautiful."
- John Mark Eberhart, Kansas City Star 2005-12-04
"Grambo weaves the history of wolves and humans, complimented by illustrations and Daniel Cox's photographs in a nicely done package."
- Sharon Wootton, Olympia Olympian 2005-11-27
"A captivating book about wolves. Text and magnificent pictures tell of their behavior, life cycle and history with man."
- Outdoor Photographer 2006-03
"For those who admire this beautiful animal this book will be a library treasure [...] It is both beautiful and inspiring."
- Nature Photographers Online Magazine 2011-04-01
1. At the Firelight's Edge
2. Part of the Pack
3. Legendary Predator
4. Warriors and Wolves
5. Shamans and Shapeshifters
6. Predator Becomes Prey
7. At the Edge Again
Appendix: Members of the Pack
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Rebecca L. Grambo is the award-winning author of dozens of books for adults and children, including A Wolf Cub's First Year.
Daniel J. Cox is an internationally published, award-winning, natural history photographer. He has photographed wildlife on all sevencontinents. His work appears regularly in many publications, including National Geographic, Audubon and National Wildlife.