I read a lot of natural history books. There aren’t many as good as this one. John Vaillant’s The Tiger is the story of poachers and a “vengeful” tiger in the Russian Far East. It’s a page turner but also a great exploration of the complicated conservation issues there. And if you can read this without wanting to head off to the Russian Far East to look around, you are probably on the wrong blog.
If you’re looking for something to read over the holiday season, I can’t think of a better choice. Highly recommended for all mammal watchers, naturalists and nature travelers.