Beyond Innocence by Jane Goodall
An Autobiography in Letters The Later Years

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This second volume of Jane Goodall’s autobiography in letters covers the years of her greatest triumphs and her deepest tragedies. During this time she made many of her most important discoveries about chimpanzee behavior — including the dark discovery that like us, they wage war and commit murder. She gave birth to a son, Grub, but her marriage to his father, Hugo van Lawick, came to an end. When some Stanford University students working with her were kidnapped by guerrillas, she was thrust into an international controversy. She fell in love with and married Derek Bryceson. After surviving a plane crash with him, she realized that her life had been entrusted to her for a reason. A visit to an American laboratory where chimps were injected with HIV made that reason clear, and she began to dedicate herself not just to understanding chimpanzees but to saving them. Derek’s death in 1980 was a terrible blow, but afterward she threw herself even more relentlessly into the battle to save our closest relatives and to repair the health of the planet.
AFRICA IN MY BLOOD told of a young woman finding her life’s work in the place of her dreams. BEYOND INNOCENCE tells of the events that shattered many of those dreams and changed her from a rather private observer to a public crusader.
 

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Jane Goodall, 1934 - Jane Goodall, a well-respected English zoologist, is famous for her fieldwork with chimpanzees in Africa. An early interest in African wild animals and the opportunity, at age 18, to stay on a friend's farm in Kenya, led her to Dr. Louis Leakey; then curator of the National Museum of Natural History in Nairobi. Almost immediately Leakey hired Goodall as his assistant secretary, and she was soon accompanying Leakey and his wife on their expeditions. Following Leakey's suggestion that a field study of some of the higher primates would be a major contribution to the understanding of animal behavior, she began studying the chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1960. Although she had no undergraduate degree, Goodall earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965, based on her first five years of research at the Gombe Center. After more than 20 years of extensive study and direct contact with wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat, Goodall continues to research, teach, and write about primate behavior today. Dale Peterson is also the author of "The Deluge & the Ark" & "Storyville" & is the coauthor with Jane Goodall of "Visions of Caliban" & with Richard Wrangham of "Demonic Males". He resides in Arlington, Massachusetts.
 
Published July 1, 2001 by Houghton Mifflin College Div. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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The correspondence ushers us into Goodall’s everyday world—sometimes in Europe and America, but often in the field, where her love of her son Grub melds with her love of such places as Arusha, in Tanzania: “Grub and I have spent our nights at the ‘Golden Grass Den.’ In the evening the setting sun...

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Readers may also be amused by Goodall's somewhat dismissive remarks about fellow researcher Dian Fossey ("the gorilla girl"), her offhand comments about her own groundbreaking research ("my chimp stuff") and her habit of juxtaposing descriptions of her own baby with those of chimp offspring.

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The second of her autobiographies, BEYOND INNOCENCE, offers us a running commentary of her adult life, her work, her personal life, all the elements that make up the full life of Jane Goodall.

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