Chasing the Panda by Michael Kiefer
How an Unlikely Pair of Adventurers Won the Race to Capture the Mythical "White Bear"

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In 1936, Quentin Young, a 22-year-old Chinese American, led American socialite Ruth Harkness on a 1,500-mile expedition into the remote mountains of Sichuan. Braving warlords and primitive tribes, the duo captured a giant panda and brought it back alive, the first time a live panda had been seen by the Western world. Hunters and scientists assumed the pair had stolen the animal. When it became clear the find was genuine, Ruth Harkness became a celebrity. But Quentin Young, together with his brother and fellow guide, Jack, was swept into the chaos of World War II and became a spy. A few years ago, Michael Kiefer discovered Quentin, now elderly and living in the United States. The resulting book sets the record straight.

About Michael Kiefer

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Kiefer has been an editor at Outside magazine and a staff writer at Phoenix New Times, and has written for Esquire, Playboy, Vanity Fair, Self, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and many other publications.
Published January 20, 2012 by Ni Modo Press. 236 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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Wealthy American widow Ruth Harkness became famous in 1936 for bringing the first live giant panda to the United States, but little has been known about the two Chinese-American hunters who led Harkness on her trek through the Sichuan mountains in search of the panda.

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