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Description - An Affair with Africa by Alzada Carlisle Kistner

In June 1960, Alzada Kistner and her husband, David, a promising entomologist, left their 18-month-old daughter in the care of relatives and began what was to be a four-month scientific expedition in the Belgian Congo. Three weeks after their arrival, the country was gripped by a violent revolution, trapping the Kistners in its midst. Despite having to face numerous life-threatening situations, the Kistners were not to be dissuaded. An emergency airlift by the United States Air Force brought them to safety in Kenya, where they continued their field work. In An Affair with Africa, Alzada Kistner describes her family's African experience - the five expeditions they took beginning with the trip to the Belgian Congo in 1960 and ending in 1972-73 with a nine-month excursion across southern Africa.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559635318
ISBN-10: 1559635312
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 262
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alzada Carlisle Kistner

Alzada Carlisle Kistner is associate editor of the journal "Sociobiology," published by California State University in Chico, California. David Kistner is the world's leading authority on the rare beetles that live with ants and termites; he has described more than 500 new species and 150 new genera and written more than 200 scientific papers. "An Affair with Africa" is Alzada Carlisle Kistner's first book.