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The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears by [Nick Jans]

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From Publishers Weekly

Jans (Tracks of the Unseen, etc.) presents a fast-paced, thoughtful and evenhanded account of the life and death of self-appointed bear guardian Timothy Treadwell, who, along with a girlfriend, was killed and eaten by grizzlies in Alaska's Katmai National Park in 2003. Treadwell had for 13 summers befriended the bears, camping in territory that includes a labyrinth of trails known as the "grizzly maze." No one knows why the grizzlies, normally tolerant of humans, turned on him. Two bears had to be shot, and many people felt vindicated by his death, because bear biologists and Park Service officials had for years criticized his activities, believing that contact with humans is not in the bears' best interest. Jans is ambivalent about Treadwell (whom he never met), sympathizing with his desire to communicate with the animals, yet admitting that the man was self-serving, courting the media and writing a mawkish book about his experiences. Jans doesn't stint on the details of Treadwell's troubled past, his gory death and the media frenzy that followed, but he tackles a broader issue as well: our evolving relationship with nature and the folly of this kind of attempt at interspecies interaction.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Timothy Treadwell was a truly self-made man; born in New York as Timothy Dexter, he reinvented himself as a Californian with a new name and several different personae, then reinvented himself again when he met his first grizzly in Alaska. As recounted in his book Among Grizzlies (1997), he became a passionate defender and interpreter of the great bears, camping among them in the summers and learning their ways. It was during his thirteenth summer, accompanied by his girlfriend, that it all went horribly wrong--several minutes of sound preserved on a video recorder reveal Treadwell screaming, the attempted rescue by his girlfriend, then the sounds of dragging. When a pilot arrived the next day to pick them up, he discovered a bear feeding on human remains. The story leading up to this final encounter, and the forensic work that went into reconstructing the attack, are rivetingly told by Jans. Nonfiction that reads like fiction. Nancy Bent
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN : B002EBDORE
  • Publisher : Plume; Reprint edition (January 31, 2006)
  • Publication date : January 31, 2006
  • Language : English
  • File size : 897 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 304 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 155 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars The story of an intriguing character who saw grizzly bears as his friends, with tragic consequences
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and sad
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