Books by Pat Shipman

Released: June 14, 2011

"Attention animal lovers and science buffs: Although Shipman is an academic, there is no classroom atmosphere here; the writing is refreshingly jargon-free, and the narrative may persuade pet owners to take a fresh look at their charges."
In an easy, conversational style, American Scientist contributor Shipman (Anthropology/Penn State Univ.; Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari, 2007, etc.) sets forth her theory that our connection with animals is in large measure what makes us human. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The melodramatic true story of a mythic grand horizontal, told with clarity and understanding."
Versatile biographer Shipman (To the Heart of the Nile, 2004, etc.) explores the life of an ineffectual undercover agent who was considerably more adept under the bedcovers. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Of some interest to exploration buffs, though less so than Martin Dugard's recent Into Africa (p. 202)."
Harem girl to renowned explorer to Edwardian dowager: the improbable life of "a lady of mystery." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 2001

"Borrowing the techniques of an accomplished novelist for biographical purposes, Shipman brings to vivid life a character whose scientific work rivaled Galileo's in its drama. (53 b&w illustrations, 7 maps)"
An imaginative life of the controversial Dutch scientist (1858-1940) who discovered the first specimen of Homo erectus in Java in 1891. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Lively and well written, offering a good sense not only of the intriguing first bird, but of the way science works."
An anthropologist (Penn State Univ.) examines one of the most famous fossil organisms ever discovered, and discusses its meaning in the ongoing debates about evolution. Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 1996

"And even if not, readers will be rewarded by a fine telling of the always fascinating story of where we came from. (8 pages photos, 13 illustrations, not seen)"
``I am striving to see the human animal in the right perspective.'' So says paleoanthropologist Walker in the first person, although the text of this first-rate exposition was actually penned by Shipman, Walker's wife and colleague in Pennsylvania State University's anthropology department. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1994

A thoughtful and provocative look at scientific racism from the rise of the theory of evolution to the present. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Easily the best book on the subject. (Seventy-five illustrations—five seen.)"
Fine scientific history, as Neandertal specialist Trinkaus (Anthropology/Univ. of New Mexico) and educator Shipman (The Johns Hopkins Univ. Read full book review >