Ivory's Ghosts

The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants

Ivory's Ghosts

“[A] tour de force examination of the history of ivory . . . and the demise of the elephant and human decency in the process of this unholy quest” (The Huffington Post). Praised for the nuance and sensitivity with which it approaches one of the most fraught conservation issues we face today, John Frederick Walker’s Ivory’s Ghosts tells the astonishing story of the power of ivory through the ages, and its impact on elephants. Long before gold and gemstones held allure, ivory came to be prized in every culture of the world—from ancient Egypt to nineteenth-century America to modern Japan—for its beauty, rarity, and ability to be finely carved. But the beauty came at an unfathomable cost. Walker lays bare the ivory trade’s cruel connection with the slave trade and the increasing slaughter of elephants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1980s, elephant poaching reached levels that threatened the last great herds of the African continent, and led to a worldwide ban on the ancient international trade in tusks. But the ban has failed to stop poaching—or the emotional debate over what to do with the legitimate and growing stockpiles of ivory recovered from elephants that die of natural causes. “Ivory’s Ghost is essential reading for anyone concerned with conservation and with the tenuous future of one of the most magnificent creatures our earth has ever seen.” —George B. Schaller, author of A Naturalist and Other Beasts: Tales from a Life in the Field

Ivory-Ghost of the Serengeti

Ivory-Ghost of the Serengeti

It all began in the bloody Vietnam War as two platoons led by Lt. Jack McKeon and Lt. Keith Kirkland united in a joint effort to overpower the North Vietnamese Army on the battle of Hill 57. Many will die and few will survive this dirt-chewing war. Nine years later, a violent tragedy will take the lives of Jack Mckeon’s wife and daughter. Trying to live a normal life, Jack McKeon, a natural outdoorsman ventures on an African Safari tour. An unfortunate event in Nairobi, Kenya causes him to run from the law. Innocent, he journeys deeper into the grasslands of the grand Serengeti plains. Confronting big-game hunters and poachers in his expedition, Jack McKeon makes it his mission to stop the ivory-bloodshed that has decimated the rhino and elephant populations. Unbeknownst to Jack, all the poachers’ work for Lt. Keith Kirkland, cartel-leader of the ivory-world, and the man who saved his life in the Vietnam War.

Ghost Stories by British and American Women

A Selected, Annotated Bibliography

Ghost Stories by British and American Women

This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.

The Ivory Gate

The Ivory Gate


Men, Women, and Ghosts

Men, Women, and Ghosts

But, as I was going to say, when I started to talk about '41, --to tell the truth, Johnny, I'm always a long while coming to it, I believe. I'm getting to be an old man, --a little of a coward, maybe, and sometimes, when I sit alone here nights, and think it over, it's just like the toothache, Johnny. As I was saying, if she had cut that wick straight, I do believe it wouldn't have happened, --though it isn't that I mean to lay the blame on her now.

Through the Ivory Gate

Studies in Psychology and History

Through the Ivory Gate


Nature's Ghosts

Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology

Nature's Ghosts

Explores the early history of wildlife conservation in the United States, including early naturalists like John James Audubon and John Muir, and public reactions to such extinctions as the passenger pigeon.