David Suzuki's autobiography limns a life dedicated to making the world a better place. The book expands on the early years covered in "Metamorphosis" and continues to the present, when, at age 70, Suzuki reflects on his entire life—and his hopes for the future.
The book begins with his life-changing experience of racism interned in a World War II concentration camp, and goes on to discuss his teenage years, his college and postgraduate experiences in the U.S., and his career as a geneticist and then as the host of "The Nature of Things."
With characteristic candor and passion, Suzuki describes how he became a leading environmentalist, writer, and thinker; the establishment of the David Suzuki Foundation; his world travels and meetings with luminaries like Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama; and the abiding role of nature and family in his life. David Suzuki is an intimate and inspiring look at a modern-day visionary.
In writing about himself, Suzuki writes about the world. —Quill & Quire
The Autobiography reads like a personal road trip with family and work, but it also affirms Canadian values . . . [Suzuki's] writing style is congenial, forging career with charisma in a unique blend of hubris, humility and intellect. —BC Studies
To read this new memoir is to see more deeply into a familiar face. You get the sense of meeting the real Suzuki for the first time . . . He is a natural storyteller, and every episode, effectively self-contained, contributes to the mosaic that is his life and work . . . There's a saying in the environmental movement, an inprecation to 'Leave only footprints, and take only memories.' Suzuki has left giant footprints, and his memories are a palpable legacy. —Vancouver Sun
A candid yet contemplative account . . . Suzuki's unbridled spirit shines throughout effervescent, behind-the-scenes tales of his perceptive and prescient lifelong crusade for responsible living. —Booklist
A touching, insightful book . . . In the end, what comes across in this book is Suzuki's passion, leavened with dry humour and a somewhat surprising tendency to poke fun at his own foibles. —The Gazette
Considered a sage by many -- and a crank by more than a few -- Suzuki is an undeniable force and a master at using his celebrity to sway public opinion. Love him or hate him, when he speaks, Canada listens. —Financial Post
It's easy, while reading this book, to hear it narrated in your mind by the calm voice of the author . . . Never shying away from honest self-assessment, this is a genuinely illuminating glimpse of the man who was floored to be voted fifth in the CBC's 'Greatest Canadian' contest. Worth reading. —Harrowsmith's Truly Canadian Almanac