Elephant Company

ElephantCompany_Bestseller-3“This book is about far more than just the war, or even elephants. This is the story of friendship, loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species… A sweeping tale, masterfully written”

–Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
in The New York Times Book Review

Vicki talks with John Harwood on NPR’s On Point:

The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams and his bond with the elephants of Burma. In 1920, Williams took a job in the teak business, drawn by the lure of working with the world’s largest land animals.  It was love at first sight.

1st clan of elephants

Impressed with their intelligence, courage, kindness, and humor, he believed that just living with them made him a better man. He worked to cure their ills and he fought for their humane care. Over time, Williams’s uncanny rapport with the elephants transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.


2 thoughts on “Elephant Company

  1. I have just finished Elephant Company and wanted to thank you for this extraordinary book. It allowed me to remember my first trip to Thailand and the (staged) demonstration of the elephants moving huge teak logs around. The life and experiences of Jim Williams are so noteworthy and noble that I am glad you took the time to write them down with such sensitivity and insight.

    David M. Carlson, Ph.D.
    Irvine CA

  2. Just finished reading Elephant Company and just loved it. Thank-you for writing about this great story.
    Linda McHugh
    Quebec, Canada

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