Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park

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The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past sixteen years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011 as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Whittlesey recounts ...
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Overview

The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past sixteen years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011 as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Whittlesey recounts deaths ranging from tragedy to folly—from being caught in a freak avalanche to the goring of a photographer who just got a little too close to a bison. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.
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Editorial Reviews

Paul Schullery
Behind the gripping adventure, drama, and heartbreak of the stories told in this uniquely authoritative book are deep lessons—not only in personal responsibility but in the role of national parks in our society. Lee Whittlesey's compelling study of Yellowstone fatalities wisely reminds us of both the price and the pricelessness of protecting wild nature.
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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
A little morbid, but strangely fascinating.
Leslie James Quinn
A former Yellowstone tour guide himself, Lee Whittlesey has written a book that every guide studies in Death in Yellowstone. While guides may wish to discuss the role of wolves or forest fires in a wilderness ecosystem, their passengers too often just want stories of the misfortune of their fellow travelers—and this is the seminal work on the subject.
Dr. Paul Schullery
Behind the gripping adventure, drama, and heartbreak of the stories told in this uniquely authoritative book are deep lessons—not only in personal responsibility but in the role of national parks in our society. Lee Whittlesey's compelling study of Yellowstone fatalities wisely reminds us of both the price and the pricelessness of protecting wild nature.
Dr. Judith L. Meyer
It is hard to imagine anyone but Lee Whittlesey recounting these stories of death in Yellowstone. He is unquestionably the Yellowstone expert for ferreting out and weaving together the details of how visitors and personnel met their untimely ends in and around the park. The sheer weight of new material added to bring this second edition up-to-date is a clear indication that the Yellowstone landscape continues to demand both our awe and our respect. But it is Whittlesey’s personal perspective that sets this book apart. His passion for historical detective work combined with his intimate knowledge of both the park and the park experience give the reader a very real glimpse into the author’s long relationship with the place and its people, endearing the reader to both.
Dr. Michael Yochim
Whittlesey’s already gripping account of accidents and foolhardiness in Yellowstone is now updated, more comprehensive, and all the more fascinating.
Journal Of The West
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
. . . One thing is certain: it is the most fascinating book ever written about Yellowstone Park and its environs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570980213
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 946,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee H. Whittlesey is a historian and the author of Storytelling in Yellowstone and Yellowstone Place Names. He has appeared in numerous documentaries on the national parks and the West in general, most notably Ken Burns’s recent series. He lives in Gardiner, Montana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Should be mandatory reading for anyone going to Yellowstone

    This book should be mandatory reading if you are heading to Yellowstone. It details accidents and deaths resulting from a variety of natural incidents from hot springs to bison to bears.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    ive read this book over and over, lent it out, never got it back

    ive read this book over and over, lent it out, never got it back, bought another...lent it out and never got it back, lolz, i think i will purchase it for my nook instead :) great read for anyone!!!

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    A must read for anyone visiting Yellowstone

    This book should be a must read for anyone wanting to visit Yellowstone. I found myself reading this book from cover to cover. I couldn't put it down. It is a lesson in common sense, and a what not to do, while visiting the park.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Fascinating book

    Seems like a morbid topic but it is hard to put the book down. It gives you lots of interesting information and history of the Park in the stories and helps you learn how to be safer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    A 'MUST READ'

    We took a week long camping trip in Yellowstone this summer. Talk about a wonderful place. This book caught our interest & just had to buy it. We grew up in the country & knew about animals & how to give them there space & not to wander off a trail. You will be surprised @ how many people don't follow the rules. I think everybody needs to read this book before even planning a trip to Yellowstone! Very sad book but it makes you think twice when out in nature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Wow! ... A Must Read

    I too bought this book on a travel to Yellowstone for a family vacation. Not only could I not put it down, but it was passed through the rest of the family while we were there. It made us VERY aware of the interaction of Man with nature. I had to order another book, since my daughters have hailed as 'their favorite book' to read. I bet I have read it 50 times, and never tire of it. It has peaked a curiosity about the Park that I can't describe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Awsome Book!

    I lived in Cody, Wyoming (50 miles outside of the east gate of Yellowstone Park) most of my life. I took the area for granted, but Yellowstone is a different story, and this book really shows it. I have passed this book to everyone I can, and everybody has loved it! If you read the book while you are actually in the park, it brings the stories closer to home and more touching. It's a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Fascinating!!

    I read this book while vacationing in Yellowstone and I couldn't put it down. The park is awe-inspiring, yet just below the beauty is a wilderness that man will never tame. This book is a 'must read' for anyone visiting the park.

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