I have read several books on my favourite animal(s) of all time, the bear. I was able to pick this one up, brand new & hardback, for $5. What a steal! By far the best book I've read on the subject. Not only does the author write about the poor, sweet, neglected mooooooon beaaaarrrrs, as well as sun bears, sloth bears, and spectacled bears; he also gives glimpses into human life in remote corners of the globe (rural north India, Cambodia, Peru). The writing is much more interesting than I hoped for, with humor thrown in quite often. I especially enjoyed the chapter on the cave bear--so, so fascinating--as well as the bit about Navajo culture & bears. This book is more than just a nonfiction book on bears; it is a thoroughly readable account of the people who live alongside them. Looking at other books I have given 5 stars to, this one "outshines" them. Loved it!