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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (May 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029598886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295988863
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

How the wildlife documentary got from Roosevelt to Disneyworld is a story of charlatans, hucksters, crooks, imaginative cameramen, brilliant zoology and shameless appeal to the sex and violence of life as cinema audiences have grown to expect it to be. Mitman... tells the American version of this lurid celluloid safari.

(Tim Radford The Guardian)

American wildlife film-makers... abandoned truth in favor of more alluring lode stars. Reel Nature is an admirable history of why they did so.... Very well told.

(Stephen Mills Times Literary Supplement)

While nature films have had a positive impact on our understanding of nature, the whole truth about our place in the web of life has been left on the cutting-room floor.



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.

(William Cronon, from the Foreword)

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HASH(0xa7976dbc) 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.
HASH(0xb2d8756c) 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.