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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures)


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ISBN13: 9780307389046
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Lisa van Velsor, March 11, 2012 (view all comments by Lisa van Velsor)
Argh - this book was...frustrating. The actual story behind the book could have been told in about 50 pages. Hell, it could have been told in a long magazine article. The author adds in a million tangents, all which relate to the subject and are *at times* very interesting, but when I wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED I had to wait until the last ~15 pages of the book. Tangent topics included: Anthropology, shamanism, Russian history, development in China, African tribesman that coexist with big cats, evolution... Again, the tangents were tied to the story but sometimes tenuously. You know those NY Times commercials where they talk about how the NYT really "gets inside the story," i.e., gives you context? This book has got context in SPADES.

Another pet peeve: multiple misuses of the word "literally."
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hovlanddb, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by hovlanddb)
The Tiger, simply put, is a great story told very well. The author opens the book in such a manner that hooks you from the beginning and never backs off. The book is a blend of adventure story, police procedural, history/biology text, mystery, and environmental awareness manual. That being said, the author manages to meld the true story into one that reads like fiction. I have read many excellent books this past year, several of which have been voted for, but none of them have entertained, educated, and haunted me like The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant.
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skyalive1976, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by skyalive1976)
A captivating read from beginning to end.
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Hillstar, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Hillstar)
A book that weaves together conservation issues and natural history with human history and sociology into a well written and fascinating story.
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Michael Zawoyski, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Zawoyski)
This is a great adventure story and philisophical tome wrapped in one... By far the best book I have read this year, fivtion , non-fiction or poetry. The book gives such respect for the Tiger I found myself enthralled in the story of the big cats. I am tempted to read it again as it may be the best book I read in 2012 also...
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Vaillant, John
Vintage Departures
Bass, Rick
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Product details 288 pages Vintage - English 9780307389046 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Magnificent....Suspenseful....The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator.”
"Review" by , “A masterpiece....What elevates The Tiger from adventure yarn to nonfiction classic is Vaillant’s mastery of language.”
"Review" by , “[A] riveting story....Vaillant’s book teaches a lesson that humankind desperately needs to remember: When you murder a tiger, you not only kill a strong and beautiful beast, you extinguish a passionate soul.”
"Review" by , “[An] epic story....A travelogue about tiger poaching in Russia’s far east opens up a new genre....[the] conservation thriller."
"Review" by , “If ever a nonfiction author has used the techniques of fiction any better to recount a real-life narrative, it is difficult to imagine who that author would be....Think of Vaillant as a younger version of John McPhee, but on steroids.”
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed nature writer Rick Bass takes us on a journey into the Namib Desert to follow a group of poachers-turned-conservationists as they track the endangered black rhinos through their ancient and harsh African homeland.
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“An extraordinary exploration and meditation . . . [Bass] transports us along on this wonder-filled tour, full of hardness and hope, into an otherworldly place that mirrors our own.” —National Geographic Traveler

Black rhinos are not actually black. They are, however, giant animals with tiny eyes, feet the diameter of laundry baskets, and horns that are prized for both their aesthetic and medicinal qualities. Until recently, these creatures were perched on the edge of extinction, their numbers dwindling as they succumbed to poachers and the ravages of civil war. Now their numbers are rising, thanks to a groundbreaking new conservation method from the Save the Rhino Trust: make sure that rhinos are worth more alive than dead.

Rick Bass, who has long worn the uneasy mantle of both activist and hunter, traveled to Namibia to find black rhinos. The tale of his journey provides a deeper understanding of these amazing animals and of just what needs to be done to protect them.

“Bass provides a singularly thoughtful portrait of a unique animal, and a meditation on mankind’s relationship to both it and the natural world as a whole.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Synopsis" by , A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.


Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of nature’s most deadly predator.

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