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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.

Synopsis:

"Michael McLeod doesn't simply debunk hoaxes; he critically, but sympathetically, explores the motivations that have driven the 'Bigfoot community' to build an enormous and intricate, if ramshackle, edifice of lore. McLeod has written an anatomy of mythology with implications that go beyond the Bigfoot phenomenon. The Bigfoot mythologists' strange, colorful, and sometimes comical, personalities play a big part of this compulsively readable story."—David Rains Wallace, author of The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution

"In the same way that dinosaurs and other exotic beasts from Earth's distant and hazy past inspire and fascinate many of us, Bigfoot has captured the imagination of generations of Americans. Here, Michael McLeod approaches the 'Bigfoot phenomenon' in the same way that a detective would follow leads at a crime scene. The result is a delicious case study of human obsession and the fuzzy border between science and pseudoscience."—Chris Beard, author of The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

About the Author

Michael McLeod is a writer, producer, and director who has created documentaries for PBS, the PBS series Frontline, the Discovery Channel, and other national venues.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. The Essential Bigfoot

1. Harrison

2. The Missing Link

3. Bluff Creek

4. The Backup Man

5. The Klamath Knot

Part II. Obsession

6. Mountain Devils

7. Show Time

8. Bigfoot Daze

9. Cryptid Wars

Part III. Reason and Truth

10. The Goblin Universe

11. Reason and Truth

12. Bigfoot's Kitchen

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Illustrations

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520255715
Subtitle:
Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
McLeod, Michael
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Subject:
Sasquatch
Subject:
Unexplained Phenomena
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090602
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 b/w photographs
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 0.12 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Mythology » Mythological Creatures
Metaphysics » Anomalous Events
Metaphysics » General

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"Michael McLeod doesn't simply debunk hoaxes; he critically, but sympathetically, explores the motivations that have driven the 'Bigfoot community' to build an enormous and intricate, if ramshackle, edifice of lore. McLeod has written an anatomy of mythology with implications that go beyond the Bigfoot phenomenon. The Bigfoot mythologists' strange, colorful, and sometimes comical, personalities play a big part of this compulsively readable story."—David Rains Wallace, author of The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution

"In the same way that dinosaurs and other exotic beasts from Earth's distant and hazy past inspire and fascinate many of us, Bigfoot has captured the imagination of generations of Americans. Here, Michael McLeod approaches the 'Bigfoot phenomenon' in the same way that a detective would follow leads at a crime scene. The result is a delicious case study of human obsession and the fuzzy border between science and pseudoscience."—Chris Beard, author of The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

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