Book of Hope : A Survival Guide for Trying Times
by Goodall, Jane; Abrams, Doug; Hudson, Gail (CON)

An Invitation to Hopexi
I What Is Hope?
Whisky and Swahili Bean Sauce
Is Hope Real?
Have You Ever Lost Hope?
Can Science Explain Hope?
How Do We Have Hope in Trying Times?
II Jane's Four Reasons for Hope
Reason 1 The Amazing Human Intellect
From Prehistoric Ape to Master of the World
Half Sinner, Half Saint
A New Universal Moral Code
The Wise? Ape
Reason 2 The Resilience of Nature
The Will to Live
Adapt or Perish
Nurturing Mother Nature
Rescued from the Brink
The Tapestry of Life
Our Need for Nature
Reason 3 The Power of Young People
Love in a Hopeless Place
"I Don't Want Your Hope"
Millions of Drops Make an Ocean
Nurturing the Future
Reason 4 The Indomitable Human Spirit
When I Decide to Climb Everest
The Spirit That Never Surrenders
Nurturing the Indomitable Spirit in Children
How the Indomitable Human Spirit Helps Us Heal
We Need Each Other
III Becoming a Messenger of Hope
A Lifelong Journey
Challenges in Africa
From Shy Young Woman to Global Public Speaker
"Let's Just Say It Was a Mission"
Was It Coincidence?
Spiritual Evolution
Jane's Next Great Adventure
Conclusion: A Message of Hope from Jane
Further Reading241

Told through stories from an extraordinary career and fascinating research, this urgent book, written by the world's most famous living naturalist and an internationally best-selling author, explores one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature-hope. 300,000 first printing.

<p><b>Jane Goodall:</b><br>Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist. From infancy she was fascinated by animal behavior, and in 1957 at 23 years old, she met the famous paleoanthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey while she was visiting a friend in Kenya. Impressed by her passion for animals, he offered her the chance to be the first person to study chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, in the wild. And so three years later Jane travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and, equipped with only a notebook, binoculars and determination to succeed, ventured into the then unknown world of wild chimpanzees.<br><br>Jane Goodall's research at Gombe national park has given us an in-depth understanding of chimpanzee behavior. The research continues, but in 1986, realizing the threat to chimpanzees throughout Africa, Jane travelled to six study sites. She learned first-hand not only about the problems facing chimpanzees, but also about those facing so many Africans living in poverty. She realized that only by helping local communities find ways of making a living without destroying the environment could chimpanzees be saved. Since then Jane has travelled the world raising awareness and learning about the threats we all face today, especially climate change and loss of biodiversity. Author of many books for adults and children and featured in countless documentaries and articles, Jane has reached millions around the world with her lectures, podcasts and writings. She was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace, is a Dame of the British Empire and has received countless honors from around the world.<br><br><b>Douglas Abrams:</b><br>Douglas Abrams is the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling co-author of <i>The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World</i> with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first book in the Global Icons Series. Douglas is also the founder and president of Idea Architects, a literary agency and media development company helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.</p>

*Starred Review* Goodall, world-renowned naturalist, humanist, and environmental advocate, is hope incarnate. Her podcast is even titled Hopecast. Goodall elucidates her commitment to hope in conversation with Douglas Abrams in this companion volume to The Book of Joy (2016) in which Abrams spoke with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Abrams and Goodall meet in Tanzania, the Netherlands, and, during the pandemic, on video, with Goodall offering a laptop-camera tour of her family home in England. Abrams sets the scene for each encounter, ensuring that Goodall's unique personality, poise, and inner strength shine forth. Their jousting discussions are passionate, candid, and very moving as Abrams asks difficult questions and Goodall responds with enthralling real-life stories shaped by her extensive knowledge, extraordinary experiences, and hard-forged wisdom. Without minimizing the daunting challenges we face as the climate crisis takes hold, Goodall explains that hope is a "human survival trait" that requires "action and engagement." She then fully explains her Four Reasons for Hope: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit." Bright with photographs, supported by an excellent "Further Reading" section, and, vibrant with wry humor, scientific fact, grassroots advances, compassion, and spiritual depth, this compelling and enlightening dialogue of hope amplifies Goodall's mantra: "Together we can. Together we will." HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Goodall is a trusted global force for good, and her keen perspective on hope offers an encouraging, much-needed guide forward. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

The renowned naturalist and chimpanzee researcher reflects on her philosophy of life. No longer observing wildlife in the fast-vanishing African forests, Goodall, now 87, continues to work, traveling the world to speak about conservation, humane treatment of animals, reforestation, and the detriments of climate change and poverty. Written as a dialogue with Abrams, who has co-authored similar eloquent testaments with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book mixes autobiographical details with a fiercely positive credo that has kept Goodall fighting in the face of immense odds. Goodall maintains that hope is often misunderstood. "People tend to think that it is simply passive wishful thinking: I hope something will happen but I'm not going to do anything about it," she notes. "This is indeed the opposite of real hope, which requires action and engagement. Many people understand the dire state of the planet-but do nothing about it because they feel helpless and hopeless." She adds that achieving a lasting sense of hope requires four components: attainable goals, realistic pathways to pursue them, confidence that we will succeed, and confidence that others support us. Goodall emphasizes that hope is a survival trait that every child possesses, but it must be cultivated. She illustrates this point with anecdotes from her life as a naturalist and teacher as well as many mystical, science-can't-explain experiences that often turn up in inspirational writing. Ultimately, this is less a self-help book than the personal testament of a traditional idealist with the belief that we are put on Earth for a purpose and that the universe must have a deep, guiding intelligence behind it-if not the traditional God, then something similar. As Goodall notes late in the book, she welcomes a "convergence of science and religion and spirituality." An estimable researcher and activist tells stories and delivers uplifting advice. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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