Author Video: Bernd Brunner’s Bears Emerges from the Wild

BearsBernd Brunner discusses the motivations behind his recent book Bears: A Brief History. Humans and bears— two species that exhibit both peaceful and violent behaviors—have shared a lengthy history. And the bear has become a central figure in our collective consciousness: many children sleep with teddy bears while some adults suffer from “Bearanoia.” But do our images of bears have much in common with the animal as it really is?

Bernd Brunner is the author of Moon: A Brief History and Inventing the Christmas Tree, both available from Yale University Press.

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