Non Fiction

The Nature of Fear: Survival Lessons from the Wild by Daniel T Blumstein

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The title and the idea drew me in. I wanted to see what the concept of fear would look like when examined from the natural side. The mistake was setting expectations too high.
The book delivers on what it promises (to an extent): a look at different strategies of fear and how it is deployed in the wild and what it looks like to an observer. Also, how it can be applied in some other places. It is divided into a few chapters tackling each aspect, but I felt like mild repetitions could have been pushed together.
As a layperson venturing into this topic for the first time, I hoped for more than I got. The first chapter was fascinating, and there were things in later chapters that caught my eye, but on the whole, there is not much discussion on the reasons for the behaviours. Actual experiments of anti-predatory behaviour and the environments they were carried out are provided, as are the results of these long-term explorations. The writing was clear and not too academic, with personal stories mentioned sporadically. I am guessing for people with a background in the subject, this may hold more, but anyone could read it and understand its content.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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