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In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke relates the remarkable story of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey to capture a panda—a bear that had for countless centuries lived in secret in the labyrinth of lonely cold mountains. In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke offers an account of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey, and argues that Harkness belongs among the ranks of Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, and Amelia Earhart as one of the great woman adventurers of all time.
Drawing extensively on American and Chinese sources, including diaries, scores of interviews, and previously unseen intimate letters from Ruth Harkness, Vicki Constantine Croke has fashioned a captivating and richly textured narrative about a woman ahead of her time. Part Myrna Loy, part Jane Goodall, by turns wisecracking and poetic, practical and spiritual, Ruth Harkness is a trailblazing figure in women's history.