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The Lady and the Panda - The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal

Vicki Croke

Here is the astonishing true story of Ruth Harkness, the Manhattan bohemian socialite who, against all but impossible odds, trekked to Tibet in 1936 to capture the most mysterious animal of the day: 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 gives us the remarkable account of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey, and restores Harkness to her rightful place along with Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, and Amelia Earhart as one of the great woman adventurers of all time. Ruth was the toast of 1930s New York, a dress designer newly married to a wealthy adventurer, Bill Harkness. Just weeks after their wedding, however, Bill decamped for China in hopes of becoming the first Westerner to capture a giant panda-an expedition on which many had embarked and failed miserably. Bill was also to fail in his quest, dying horribly alone in China and leaving his widow heartbroken and adrift. And so Ruth made the fateful decision to adopt her husband's dream as her own and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. It was not easy. Indeed, everything was against Ruth Harkness. In decadent Shanghai, the exclusive fraternity of white male explorers patronized her, scorned her, and joked about her softness, her lack of experience and money. But Ruth ignored them, organizing, outfitting, and leading a bare-bones campaign into the majestic but treacherous hinterlands where China borders Tibet. As her partner she chose Quentin Young, a twenty-two-year-old Chinese explorer as unconventional as she was, who would join her in a romance as torrid as it was taboo. Traveling across some of the toughest terrain in the world-nearly impenetrable bamboo forests, slick and perilous mountain slopes, and boulder-strewn passages-the team raced against a traitorous rival, and was constantly threatened by hordes of bandits and hostile natives. The voyage took months to complete and cost Ruth everything she had. But when, almost miraculously, she retu

Here is the astonishing true story of Ruth Harkness, the Manhattan bohemian socialite who, against all but impossible odds, trekked to Tibet in 1936 to capture the most mysterious animal of the day: 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 gives us the remarkable account of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey, and restores Harkness to her rightful place along with Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, and Amelia Earhart as one of the great woman adventurers of all time. Ruth was the toast of 1930s New York, a dress designer newly married to a wealthy adventurer, Bill Harkness. Just weeks after their wedding, however, Bill decamped for China in hopes of becoming the first Westerner to capture a giant panda-an expedition on which many had embarked and failed miserably. Bill was also to fail in his quest, dying horribly alone in China and leaving his widow heartbroken and adrift. And so Ruth made the fateful decision to adopt her husband's dream as her own and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. It was not easy. Indeed, everything was against Ruth Harkness. In decadent Shanghai, the exclusive fraternity of white male explorers patronized her, scorned her, and joked about her softness, her lack of experience and money. But Ruth ignored them, organizing, outfitting, and leading a bare-bones campaign into the majestic but treacherous hinterlands where China borders Tibet. As her partner she chose Quentin Young, a twenty-two-year-old Chinese explorer as unconventional as she was, who would join her in a romance as torrid as it was taboo. Traveling across some of the toughest terrain in the world-nearly impenetrable bamboo forests, slick and perilous mountain slopes, and boulder-strewn passages-the team raced against a traitorous rival, and was constantly threatened by hordes of bandits and hostile natives. The voyage took months to complete and cost Ruth everything she had. But when, almost miraculously, she retu
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Here is the astonishing true story of Ruth Harkness, the Manhattan bohemian socialite who, against all but impossible odds, trekked to Tibet in 1936 to capture the most mysterious animal of the day: 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 gives us the remarkable account of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey, and restores Harkness to her rightful place along with Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, and Amelia Earhart as one of the great woman adventurers of all time. Ruth was the toast of 1930s New York, a dress designer newly married to a wealthy adventurer, Bill Harkness. Just weeks after their wedding, however, Bill decamped for China in hopes of becoming the first Westerner to capture a giant panda-an expedition on which many had embarked and failed miserably. Bill was also to fail in his quest, dying horribly alone in China and leaving his widow heartbroken and adrift. And so Ruth made the fateful decision to adopt her husband's dream as her own and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. It was not easy. Indeed, everything was against Ruth Harkness. In decadent Shanghai, the exclusive fraternity of white male explorers patronized her, scorned her, and joked about her softness, her lack of experience and money. But Ruth ignored them, organizing, outfitting, and leading a bare-bones campaign into the majestic but treacherous hinterlands where China borders Tibet. As her partner she chose Quentin Young, a twenty-two-year-old Chinese explorer as unconventional as she was, who would join her in a romance as torrid as it was taboo. Traveling across some of the toughest terrain in the world-nearly impenetrable bamboo forests, slick and perilous mountain slopes, and boulder-strewn passages-the team raced against a traitorous rival, and was constantly threatened by hordes of bandits and hostile natives. The voyage took months to complete and cost Ruth everything she had. But when, almost miraculously, she retu

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lorna Raver

Length:

4h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:43


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:22