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Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film [Paperback]

Gregg Mitman , William Cronon

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Jan. 1 2009 Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics
Winner of the History of Science Society's Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize in the History of Science.

From the early exploits of Teddy Roosevelt in Africa to blockbuster films such as March of the Penguins, Gregg Mitman's Reel Nature reveals how changing values, scientific developments, and new technologies have come to shape American encounters with wildlife on and off the big screen. Whether crafted to elicit thrills or to educate audiences about the real-life drama of threatened wildlife, nature films then and now have had an enormous impact on how Americans see, think about, consume, and struggle to protect animals across the globe.

Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Interim Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"Gregg Mitman's Reel Nature isn't a book about natural history filmmaking, it's the book: it's the one I recommend to all our students." - Lloyd Spencer Davis, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

"As the popularity of natural history television continues to soar, we need a book like this to help us understand the influences that this 'electronic environment' may have on the ultimate survival of our natural one." - Thomas Veltre, Wildlife Conservation Society

"A wonderful book that takes the reader into the worlds of dog and dolphin TV stars, on-screen wildlife conservation, and popular nature films. Readers will never see their animal familiars in the same way again." - Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Few books offer greater insight into the cultural history of American ideas of nature during the twentieth century than this one. Whether one cares about the history of filmmaking, the evolution of American environmental attitudes, or the ways that science, commerce, and entertainment have shaped each other in the creation of American consumer culture, Reel Nature is essential reading." - from the Foreword by William Cronon

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"Mitman's research, nuanced and satisfying, contributes to both film theory and ecocritical theory and explores the ways in which they should not be separated." -Stephanie Lyells, Journal of Ecocriticism, January 2012

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Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Interim Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! Nov. 8 2012
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I ordered this book just to get a feel on how nature filming has progressed and where its roots lay. I was blown away by how in depth this book really was. I would suggest this book to anyone that wants to know about the history of wildlife film making and the people who made it happen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed view into the history of Wildlife filmmaking Aug. 23 2010
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This is a great book for learning about the full, detailed history of wildlife filmmaking. It outlines the controversies and debates on how to go about bringing wildlife to the public. An entertaining read.

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