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Harrisson, Tom 1911-1976

Overview
Works: 271 works in 600 publications in 2 languages and 5,482 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: DS646.36, 942.0840922
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Most widely held works by Tom Harrisson
Living through the Blitz by Tom Harrisson( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savage civilization by Tom Harrison( Book )

22 editions published in 1937 in English and Undetermined and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Malays of South-West Sarawak before Malaysia; a socio-ecological survey by Tom Harrisson( Book )

13 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World within : a Borneo story by Tom Harrisson( Book )

20 editions published between 1959 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Harrisson is now widely known as a Television peronality, notably for a recent series of six TV films, 'The Borneo Story' made with Hugh Gibb and shown all over Europe and America - one of them 'Birds' Nest Soup', won the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix, 1958. To a somewhat small and very discerning public he has been known for years as an outstanding travller (for his few years among cannibals in the Pacific he won a Roayl Geographical Society Award, in 1935); as a pioneer in new methods of social and market research (with Charles Madge he founded Mass-Observation, the first realistic movement to study the people of Britain as objectively as if they were cannibals, in 1937); as a leading ornithologist, long-time raido critic (of the Observer) and author of Savage Civilization. During the war, Mr Harrisson did a series of important jobs in civilian and naval intelligence before performing with supreme unimportance the functions of an infantry private. Later, via Sandhurst and the Recce Corps he joined S.O.E., and ended up by jumping into Japanese-held Borneo - the first white man to do so. (For this feat he received the D.S.O. and other distinctions.) He landed, as he puts it, on his backside at the highest inhabited point in that great island, the Kelabit village of Bario - a whole community living inside on great 'long-house', without walls, without privact, but with an immense virility and variety of cultural and material wealth - and of human personality. Tom Harrison led the hill tribes of Borneo to war, then stayed on to lead the far interior back into the ways of peace. In fact, with a few breaks, he has been there ever since - latterly as Government Ethnologist and Curator of the famed Sarawak Museum. Today he lives happily in Sarawak, in an old wooden house with a German wife, assorted Dayak retainers, five tortoise-shell cats and three orang-utangs. But for much of the year he is travelling. And as often as possible he revisits his beloved hinterland. This book, the first he has written in sixteen years, tells the story of Borneo's remarkable interior as it was before the white man came, living remote, vivid and often violent; then of those strange and stirring events which followed upon the sudden rain of parachutists from out of the equatorial sky. Adventure, humour, tragedy and anthropology are intertwined in a book unlike any other known to us. World Within is a story exceptional in its kind. No one else has had so deep and wide an experience against which to savour, enjoy (and sometimes reject) the high evergreen, teeming, intricate world inside Borneo. No one else could have written it. (Inside cover)
Britain by Mass-observation by Charles Madge( Book )

27 editions published between 1939 and 2009 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excavations of the prehistoric iron industry in West Borneo by Tom Harrisson( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gold and megalithic activity in prehistoric and recent West Borneo by Tom Harrison( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1982 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain revisited by Tom Harrisson( Book )

15 editions published between 1961 and 2009 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War factory, a report by Mass-observation by Mass-Observation (Firm)( Book )

13 editions published between 1943 and 2009 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First year's work, 1937-38, by Mass-observation by Charles Madge( Book )

9 editions published between 1938 and 2009 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pub and the people : a worktown study by Mass Observation( Book )

11 editions published between 1943 and 2009 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War begins at home by Tom Harrisson( Book )

10 editions published between 1940 and 2009 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The peoples of Sarawak by Tom Harrisson( Book )

10 editions published between 1959 and 1962 in English and Chinese and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Borneo jungle; an account of the Oxford Expedition to Sarawak by Tom Harrisson( Book )

5 editions published in 1938 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mass observation by Charles Madge( )

5 editions published in 1937 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Borneo jungle : an account of the Oxford University Expedition of 1932 by Tom Harrisson( Book )

11 editions published between 1938 and 1990 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tom Harrisson ... deals with youth expeditions in general and the collecting mania; Ford tells of social life and party nights; Hartley of head-hunting and coming out of mourning; Synge writes of the strange beauty of the forests, of rare orchids, and of the art and craft of the people; and Shackleton describes his lonely ascent of Sarawak's highest mountain."--Page 4 of cover
Living among cannibals by Tom Harrisson( Book )

11 editions published between 1943 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Borneo writing and related matters by Tom Harrisson( Book )

5 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prehistory of Sabah by Tom Harrisson( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The birds of Borneo by B. E Smythies( Book )

9 editions published between 1960 and 2000 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Pub and the people : a worktown study
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Britain revisitedWar factory, a report by Mass-observationFirst year's work, 1937-38, by Mass-observationThe Pub and the people : a worktown studyWar begins at home
Alternative Names
Harnett Harrisson, Thomas 1911-1976

Harrisson, Thomas H.

Harrisson, Thomas H. 1911-1976

Harrisson, Thomas Harnett.

Harrisson Thomas Harnett 1911-1976

Harrisson, Tom

Harrisson, Tom 1911-1976

Thomas Harnett Harrisson

Tom Harrisson anthropologue britannique

Tom Harrisson Brits antropoloog (1911-1976)

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湯姆·哈里森

Languages
English (262)

Chinese (2)