Anatomy of A Beast

Anatomy of A Beast

Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot

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Part history, part road trip, and part biography, this is the true story of a remarkable group of men whose obsession with Bigfoot turned the giant hominid into an American icon. Award-winning journalist Michael McLeod tells of Bigfoot's rise to tabloid stardom in a fast-paced account that begins with his own journey to investigate a famous 1967 film clip of a Bigfoot in a California forest. McLeod proceeds to uncover a trail of clues reaching from the late nineteenth century, when a few ambitious, imaginative naturalists and explorers synthesized historical and indigenous folklore with Darwinian ideas and speculated that a proto-hominid "missing link" might still be alive in remote areas. That speculation would eventually inspire a colorful cast of loggers, hunters, con artists, and businessmen in the twentieth century to create the modern myth of Bigfoot, all of them angling for a piece of a monster that the media and the public still can't get enough of. Told through vividly narrated interviews and anecdotes, Anatomy of a Beast offers a unique perspective on the deep roots of counterfactual thinking--and how obsession and myth are created out of it.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780520255715
0520255712
Characteristics: 222 p., [18] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Hetalia1
Apr 22, 2016

Now how weird is THIS? "No Holds Permitted on This Item". WTF? Is someone just yanking cryptozoologists' chains or what? Why are there no holds permitted for this item? Did the National Park Service do that? (I kid, but still...)

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