Jake Page


"Author" is only one of many hats worn by Jake Page throughout his life. Besides writing books, Page has been a ranch hand, a hard-rock miner, the founding editor (and later publisher) of Doubleday's Natural History Press, editorial director of Natural History magazine and the science editor of Smithsonian magazine. In total Page has written or coauthored 43 books on the natural sciences, zoological topics, Native American affairs and mystery fiction as well as hundreds of magazine articles and columns.

Page's books reflect his various interests and include DOGS: A NATURAL HISTORY, CAVERN, IN THE HANDS OF THE GREAT SPIRIT: THE 20,000 YEAR HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDIANS and HOPI, a contemporary look at the Hopi Indians, in collaboration with his wife Susanne, a photographer.

Page is also the coauthor of THE INVISIBLE SEX: UNCOVERING THE TRUE ROLES OF WOMEN IN PREHISTORY (with James Adovasio and Olga Soffer) and THE FIRST AMERICANS: IN PURSUIT OF ARCHEOLOGY'S GREATEST MYSTERY (with James Adovasio). He is also the author of the popular Mo Bowdre mysteries, set in the Southwest, including THE STOLEN GODS, THE DEADLY CANYON, LETHAL PARTNER and A CERTAIN MALICE.

He lives with his wife in northern Colorado with their six dogs.


Books

Do Cats Hear with Their Feet?: Where Cats Come From, What We Know About Them, and What The Think About Us

"If only I'd had this wonderful book when I was researching THE CAT BIBLE--so much fascinating, insightful information, written with style and wit. You have a treat ahead!" - Tracie Hotchner, author of THE CAT BIBLE


Dogs: A Natural History

"A carefully researched book, comprehensive in scope, covering aspects as diverse as origins, breeding, and mental capacity. It distills the essence of a dog's personality... While it is not a book about training per se, it will help every dog owner to create the best possible relationship with their canine companion." - Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE; founder, Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace


The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory

Salon.com: "The biased guessing in a lot of old-school anthropology comes in for some pointed ridicule in THE INVISIBLE SEX."

Pat Shipman, Nature: "Intelligent and provocative...A much-needed antidote to the past hundred years of popular and scientific writing on prehistoric human life."

Jean M. Auel: "THE INVISIBLE SEX is science writing at it's best. It has all the drama of a good mystery and grabs your attention in the same way. Is is so fascinating, you don't even realize how much you are learning."


The Big One: The Earthquake That Rocked Early America and Helped Create a Science

Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment: "A real page turner of a geological detective story ... will the 'Big One' of 1811 happen again? Page and Officer have once again given us a joy of a book, a superbly written tale of science, history, and public policy."

David Rains Wallace, author of BEASTS OF EDEN and THE BONEHUNTERS' REVENGE: "A fresh, compelling account of the history of earthquakes that startles readers with the most enigmatic, unsettling discovery about these events -- that cataclysmic quakes can occur in usually quiescent regions like the eastern U.S."


In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20,000-Year History of American Indians

"A history survey and narrative with no equal, IN THE HANDS OF THE GREAT SPIRIT is a work that belongs on the shelves of anyone who aims to gain a deeper understanding of the history, suffering, and triumphs of this land's original inhabitants." - Santa Fe New Mexican

"Page brings scholarly detail as well as literary flair to this epic account." - Phoenix New Times

"A magnum opus...fills an enormous gap in the popular historical literature." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Judicious, as well as flowing, lucid, and satisfying....Great praise goes to Page for joining so many others in getting out the story of Indian nations." - Washington Post


The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology

Los Angeles Times: "Powerful intrigue. Name-calling and blackballing. Treachery, collusion among archaeologists on an all-out hunt for a holy grail. An Indiana Jones movie? No. The actual search to identify the first humans to inhabit North America. . . . Adovasio, who became an internationally known archaeologist and academic, has created in The First Americans a book that pulses with plot-drive."

The Wall Street Journal: "After a quarter-century of rebutting the challenges to his find, Mr. Adovasio has been transformed from a renegade into a leader in the field. Digs in North and South America have only buttressed his onetime pre-Clovis heresy, and Mr. Adovasio conveys a palpable excitement, in this anything-but-tedious archaeology book, at the possibilities of what might yet be discovered."


A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic

"A brisk-paced survey of a fascinating subject, A FABULOUS KINGDOM provides an engaging introduction to the history of Arctic exploration--with the occasional dash to the Antarctic thrown in for good measure. Beginning with the ancient Greeks and proceeding to the present, Officer and Page bring to life the passion and perseverance--and, at times, the folly and foolhardiness--that animated the mariners, explorers, and scholars who sought to unlock the secrets of the polar world." - John McCannon, author of RED ARCTIC: POLAR EXPLORATION AND THE MYTH OF THE NORTH IN THE SOVIET UNION