Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot / Edition 1

Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot / Edition 1

by Michael McLeod
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255712

ISBN-13: 9780520255715

Pub. Date: 06/02/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

"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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255715
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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

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