“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
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.
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.
What’s an elephant stairway? Vicki Croke tells the most dramatic story from “Elephant Company”–when the enormous animals did something miraculous–they scaled a sheer cliff. Have a listen on Snap Judgment:
Vicki talks with John Harwood on NPR’s On Point: