Captivating…A profound, scientifically based appeal for recognition of the kinship of all living things.”
Carl Safina shows there is indeed intelligent life in the universe, and it’s all around us. At once moving and surprising, Beyond Words asks us to reexamine our relationship to other species—and to ourselves.
— Elizabeth Kolbert
author of The Sixth Extinction
Fascinating and expansive… Safina is a terrific writer, majestic and puckish in equal measure, with a contagious enthusiasm for the complex social lives of the animals he’s observing.
Awe-inspiring…Prepare to be amazed by how strongly, in Safina’s words, “we are kin” to all creatures.
Beyond Words breathes love of and respect for animals and is rich with observations and extraordinary travel experiences. It is a delightful and enlightening account of both how we relate to them and how they relate to each other.
— Frans de Waal
author of The Bonobo and the Atheist
Beyond Words brings readers on a critical journey towards reevaluating their relationships with the natural world.
This well-researched book is a fascinating and thought-provoking investigation of different ways of viewing non-human creatures and their inner lives.
— Library Journal
Mesmerizing, thrilling, and tragic, Safina’s enlightening inquiry into animal intelligence calls for a new, compassionate perspective before we unwittingly drive our precious animal kin into extinction.
Truly a gem — extremely thoughtful and important and most timely.
Employing the newest science, personal observation and unapologetic reason, Safina abolishes the centuries-long view that animals are somehow unthinking automatons. Instead, he paints a picture of a wild world populated by emotional, cognitive, social and political beings—incredibly similar to our own inner lives, and yet…very different.
Safina offers a rich and often heart-touching account of his journeys with scientists exploring the minds and emotions of elephants, wolves, and dolphins. His compassion and empathy for animals shines throughout, and he uses both to illuminate the booming field of animal cognition. A beautifully written, accessible, and compelling read.
— Virginia Morell
author of Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel
In this mind-bending book, Safina takes the reader along with him on his adventures, enlightening and educating at each of his stops.
Carl Safina’s books contain a crucial jewel that refracts the experience of nature in a new and truthful way. In this emotional and scientific adventure, Safina somehow manages to produce a view of animal intelligence that is genuinely new, and truly enlightening.
— Paul Greenberg
author of American Catch and Four Fish
A beautifully written, provocative case for seeing animals through their eyes.
Safina’s engaging writing takes readers along on his journey… [An] entertaining tour of the animal kingdom, with pit stops for both amusing anecdotes and the latest scientific studies of animal behavior… Entertaining and informative.
Elegant…[Beyond Words] is truly listening to the natural world.
Beyond Words is a must-read. Animals think, mourn, dream, make plans, and communicate complex messages in much the same way that we do. Readers who knew this already will rejoice, others will learn the truth, and the more of us who capture the message, the sooner we will change the world.
— Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
Beyond Words is a great read, seamlessly weaving scientific data with wonderful stories. People will feel ‘rewilded’ and motivated to do more on behalf of the innumerable animals who need our help. By expanding our compassion footprint we not only help other animals but also ourselves.
— Marc Bekoff
author of Rewilding Our Hearts and The Emotional Lives of Animals
Beyond Words is such a beautiful book, deep and tender, and will make you stay up all night reading. Carl Safina has a rare gift for imparting scientific insight with a storyteller’s grace, and he writes with great knowledge and compassion. This vivid, far-ranging, and compassionate work is destined to become a classic.
— Luanne Rice
author of The Lemon Orchard and Beach Girls
Beyond Words…passionately argues that animals have distinct personalities…Safina is a master storyteller.
Beautifully written…an eloquent call for greater respect for the animals that share the planet with us.
Once in a long while, a book is published that felicitously combines lambent writing with dazzling facts. ‘Beyond Words’ by Carl Safina is one of these exemplary books.
[Beyond Words] fills an important niche in the literary world. Science is about curiosity and discovery, and by targeting…books to scientists and non-scientists alike, that wonder can be more readily shared.
A vivid account.
[Beyond Words] will help all but the most hardened species-bigots to at the very least start paying attention.
…Safina sounds a full-throated cri de coeur against the convention among scientists that puts the interior lives of other creatures out-of-bounds.
Beyond Words’ greatest power resides in the author’s firsthand reporting of what he himself has seen. Safina has seen a lot and his enthusiasm…is contagious.
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