Between Man and Beast Reviews
"Reel provides a robust intellectual history by embedding Du Chaillu's story within the debate over evolution, the relationship among the human races, the rise of Christian fundamentalism, and the nasty backbiting that was common in the scientific arena of the time." - Publishers Weekly
"Adventure, history, nature, big ideaswhat more could you want?" - Library Journal
"Fascinating....A lively footnote to the debate between science and religion and the exploration of the African jungle in the Victorian era." - Kirkus
"Monte Reel's Between Man and Beast contains all the elements of an enthralling adventure story. But it is more than just a riveting tale; it is also a brilliant exploration of ideas that illuminate the very nature of humankind."
- David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z and The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
"From the moment explorer Paul du Chaillu had his first, fleeting glimpse of a gorilla, human understanding of this extraordinary animal began to change in a fundamental, irrevocable way. Reel tells du Chaillu's story - a fascinating, wide-ranging tale that involves everyone from Charles Darwin to Thomas Huxley to even Abraham Lincoln - with a vividness that brings long forgotten events to startling life." - Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of Destiny Of The Republic and The River of Doubt
"Between Man and Beast is a rip-snorting adventure story, shot through with intrigue and absorbing intellectual history. Monte Reel is a wonderful writer, and he makes an expert guide to Paul Du Chaillu's groundbreaking travels in the wilds of Africa and his equally treacherous journey through the scientific salons of 19th century London...Readers will embrace Du Chaillu and root for him every step of the way/" - Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of Lost In Shangri-La
"Monte Reel has revived not only a lost world and a forgotten adventurer but a misunderstood monster ... Reel has not only produced a page-turner filled with surprising details, connections and insights, but he has also forged the missing link between the perennially contentious Theory of Evolution and our equally durable fascination with King Kong." - John Vaillant, bestselling author of The Tiger
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