The true adventures of the first American explorer to bring back China’s most exotic animal.
Praised by the New York Times, People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, “Good Morning America,” The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Vogue magazine, and many others.
The astonishing true story of Ruth Harkness, the Manhattan bohemian socialite who, against all but impossible odds, trekked to Tibet in 1936 to capture the most mysterious animal of the day: the giant panda.
Traveling across some of the toughest terrain in the world -the voyage cost Ruth everything she had. When she returned from her journey with a baby panda named Su Lin in her arms, the story became an international sensation.
But that was just the beginning of the story. Transformed by the experience, she spent the rest of her life fighting for panda conservation. It would take environmentalists 70 years to catch up with her ideas. Today the World Wildlife Fund Celebrates her as a hero.
Part Myrna Loy, part Jane Goodall, by turns wisecracking and poetic, practical and spiritual, Ruth Harkness is a trailblazing figure. And her story makes for an unforgettable, deeply moving adventure.
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