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The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears

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Timothy Treadwell, self-styled "bear whisperer" dared to live among the grizzlies, seeking to overturn the perception of them as dangerously aggressive animals. When he and his girlfriend were mauled in October 2003, it created a media sensation.

In The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, a seasoned outdoor writer with a quarter century of experience writing about Alaska and bears, traces Treadwell's rise from unknown waiter in California to celebrity, providing a moving portrait of the man whose controversial ideas and behavior earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of animal lovers and the skepticism of naturalists.

Review:

"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. Agent, Elizabeth Kaplan. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Nonfiction that reads like fiction." Booklist

Review:

"It would be easy enough to dismiss Treadwell as a well-meaning but foolish person whose luck simply ran out....As to what type of man Treadwell actually was, the author says he arrives at his answer depending on the day or moment." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

and#147;Intensely imagistic, artfully controlled prose . . . behind the building tension of Treadwelland#8217;s path to oblivion, a stunning landscape looms.and#8221;

and#151;Newsday

Synopsis:

With a new introduction on Werner Herzogand#8217;s film entitledand#160;The Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell, self-styled and#147;bear whispererand#8221; dared to live among the grizzlies, seeking to overturn the perception of them as dangerously aggressive animals. When he and his girlfriend were mauled in October 2003, it created a media sensation.

Inand#160;The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, a seasoned outdoor writer with a quarter century of experience writing about Alaska and bears, traces Treadwelland#8217;s rise from unknown waiter in California to celebrity, providing a moving portrait of the man whose controversial ideas and behavior earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of animal lovers and the skepticism of naturalists.

About the Author

Nick Jans is a contributing editor for Alaska magazine and a member of USA Today's Board of Editorial Contributors. He has written for Rolling Stone, Backpacker, and the Christian Science Monitor. His books include Tracks of the Unseen: Meditations on Alaska Wildlife, Landscape, and Photography; A Place Beyond: Finding Home in Arctic Alaska; and The Last Light Breaking: Living Among Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452287358
Author:
Jans, Nick
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Bears
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Treadwell, Timothy,
Subject:
Bears -- Alaska.
Subject:
Animals - Bears
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w photo insert
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.94x5.30x.64 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Agent, Elizabeth Kaplan. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Nonfiction that reads like fiction."
"Review" by , "It would be easy enough to dismiss Treadwell as a well-meaning but foolish person whose luck simply ran out....As to what type of man Treadwell actually was, the author says he arrives at his answer depending on the day or moment."
"Synopsis" by , and#147;Intensely imagistic, artfully controlled prose . . . behind the building tension of Treadwelland#8217;s path to oblivion, a stunning landscape looms.and#8221;

and#151;Newsday

"Synopsis" by ,
With a new introduction on Werner Herzogand#8217;s film entitledand#160;The Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell, self-styled and#147;bear whispererand#8221; dared to live among the grizzlies, seeking to overturn the perception of them as dangerously aggressive animals. When he and his girlfriend were mauled in October 2003, it created a media sensation.

Inand#160;The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, a seasoned outdoor writer with a quarter century of experience writing about Alaska and bears, traces Treadwelland#8217;s rise from unknown waiter in California to celebrity, providing a moving portrait of the man whose controversial ideas and behavior earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of animal lovers and the skepticism of naturalists.

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