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Book Review September 19, 2002
 
Thaw Me a Mammoth
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This trash is what Richard Stone has chosen to give his readers in lieu of some essentials one might have expected in a book on so exciting and delightful a topic as the extinction and possible resurrection of the Woolly Mammoth.

Rather than supply a decent map of Siberia, illustrations with the best available reconstructions of the mammoth, or a delineation of the various subspecies, with clear differentation by size, territory and date of extinction, Stone so despises his readers or doubts his own abilities that he chooses to stick to what he learned at some wretched provincial journalism school, wasting eager readers' time with coy descriptions of geriatric flirts.

One can only hope that one of Stone's motives in rushing out this shoddy book was his, or his publisher's, fear of a rival and superior work on the same topic.

The time is right for such a book. So many of us, soulmates of Gary Larson, grew up loving and mourning the great mammals of the Pleistocene, and the mammoth most of all. The grief we felt made it almost unbearable to read about this most magnificent of fellow mamals; now the prospect of righting our wrong makes the topic as joyful as it is exciting.

Somewhere out there is the book which will do justice to the topic. Wait for that book, and spurn this trash.

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