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Anatomy of a Beast : Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot, Paperback / softback Book

Anatomy of a Beast : Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 238 pages, 23 b-w photographs
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Monsters & legendary beings
  • ISBN: 9780520269866



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