Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa

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In December 1985 Dian Fossey's life came to a violent end when an unknown assailant split her skull open with her own bush-knife in the remote Parc des Volcans in Rwanda, 19 years after her arrival in Africa to study the rare mountain gorillas. She had established an international reputation, and had been accepted by the gorillas and become their champion. She had also made so many enemies that the Rwandan police scarcely knew where to begin their investigations. Fossey sacrificed her desire for children and family, risked her academic career, and endangered her health - and her life - by dedicating herself to the preservation of an endangered species. Her story, told in this book, is one of drama, ambition, heartbreak and brutality.

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FARLEY MOWAT began writing for a living in 1949 after spending two years in the Arctic. He has lived in or visited almost every part of Canada and many other lands, including the distant regions of Siberia. He is author of 39 books, including People of the Deer , Never Cry Wolf , Sea of Slaughter , The Snow Walker , And No Birds Sang , and No Man's River . With sales of more than 14 million copies in 25 languages, Farley Mowat is one of Canada's most successful writers. He and his wife, Claire Mowat, divide their time between Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf and Sea of Slaughter, had access to Fossey's private papers; he has used excerpts from her diaries, amplifying the material with interviews from people who knew her wellfriends, enemies, colleagues, lovers. It is a gripping story from beginning to gruesome end, filled with drama, intrigue and love affairs. Fossey was an attractive, intelligent, determined woman; she was duped by some of the men in her life and, in the end, victim of ugly rumors and lies. Mowat redresses the record and offers a new theory about her murder in Africa in 1985. He believes that the two-year extension of her visa was Fossey's death warrant, that she had become a threat to Rwandans who wanted to exploit parkland for tourismnot a poacher, but a hired assassin killed Fossey. Her mercurial personality alone gives the book a wider audience than most in the nature-adventure genreand it is fitting that such a passionate defender of wildlife as Mowat write about her. Illustrations.
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