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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals… (original: 2014; edição: 2014)

de Vicki Croke (Autor)

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"J.H. "Billy" Williams always had an affinity for animals. So, when he responded to job offer with the East India Company to work with logging elephants his family wasn't surprised, though worried that he had already come back from World War I in one piece, would he be so lucky with India? Not only did he find his calling with the elephants in India, Billy and his elephants became war heroes. At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, Croke delivers an utterly charming narrative and an important, little-known piece of the legacy of World War II"--… (mais)
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Título:Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
Autores:Vicki Croke (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2014), Edition: 1st Edition, 368 pages
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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II de Vicki Croke (2014)

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This was such a fabulous story!

It's 1920 and Billy Williams, just home from WWI, is restless and without direction. Always the outdoors man, he takes a job in Colonial Burma as a "forest man" in the logging industry. Barely trained, he is sent out into the jungles with a troop of Elephants to supervise the cutting and moving of teak logs.Williams spend his entire adult life working with and training his elephants. His story is inspirational. The author brings you into the world of the elephants and nature and the peoples of Burma.

Do not be put off by the WWII tags on this book. Yes, Billy and his elephants are caught up in the war, but this is not your normal WWII story. I learned so much about a country I knew nothing about, and so much more about the Elephants. Billy's bond with his animals brought absolute joy to my heart.

Highly recommended to all who love a good Biography, a "must read" for those of you who are animal and nature lovers. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Ahhhhh I loved this book! ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
This book is hard to classify because it covers so many subjects. At the end of the day, I would say it is best considered an adventure story. Jim “Elephant Bill” Williams fought in World War I, and decided to seek adventure, travelling colonial Burma in 1920 to work as a forest man for a British teak company, a short-lived job for most. Much of the book is about his overcoming obstacles (language, working environment, health, etc.), but his love and respect for elephants (especially Bandoola) and keen desire for more humane treatment and training is a constant theme. Elephants were key partners in felling trees, getting them to rivers, and penetrating the jungle. His ideas and innovations around care helped reduce fatalities and improve morale. The last section of the book about rescuing indigenous refugees was moving, but not the main subject of the book as implied in the title although building the elephant staircase was pretty cool. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I seldom read stories of wartime events, but I sensed this book was much more than the title might suggest. Thankfully it was, being more of a biography of James Howard Williams, and of elephants his life intersected with.

Though Elephant Bill (as he was dubbed) was nurtured in a time of British colonialism, his was a spirit of affinity with animals. There were many animals he cared for in his lifetime, the most striking of which were elephants, especially one elephant named Bandoola. The stories of various elephants (some heartbreaking, some joyful, usually both) interested me the most.

James Howard Williams was a man whose thoughts included:

“. . . big game hunting was a product of fear, not courage”

“The more I saw of men … the better I liked my elephants.”

“When someone else in the village tried to extort money from Williams over damaged banana trees, he felt it was a sure sign they were reentering civilization.”

“. . . correspondents of the time touted what Williams did to help elephants. But Williams thought they’d gotten it backward. It was the elephants who had helped him.”

It is an amazing story of courage and caring by both man and elephant, that eclipses the trivialness of many other books. Needless to say, it also exemplifies humankind's nature which has led us to the environmental crisis we are compounding. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
Carol Draeger Recommended ( )
  mlhershey | Feb 14, 2021 |
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"J.H. "Billy" Williams always had an affinity for animals. So, when he responded to job offer with the East India Company to work with logging elephants his family wasn't surprised, though worried that he had already come back from World War I in one piece, would he be so lucky with India? Not only did he find his calling with the elephants in India, Billy and his elephants became war heroes. At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, Croke delivers an utterly charming narrative and an important, little-known piece of the legacy of World War II"--

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