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Death in the Grizzly Maze: The Timothy Treadwell Story 1st Edition

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On the afternoon of Sunday, October 5, 2003, in Alaska's Katmai National Park, one or more brown bears killed and ate Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard. The next day, park rangers investigating the site shot and killed two bears that threatened them; it was later determined that one of the bears had human flesh and clothing in its stomach.
This chilling story immediately captured worldwide media attention, not only because of the horrific manner of Timothy and Amie's deaths, but also because Timothy was a well-known wildlife celebrity. His films of close-up encounters with grizzly bears – he spent more than a dozen summers living with and videotaping giant bears in the Alaskan bush – were the subject of television talk shows, movies, and books.
But his work was not without controversy, and some bear experts felt that Treadwell's fatal encounter was a tragedy waiting to happen – the result of the unorthodox tactics he used in his life among the bears.
Death in the Grizzly Maze is the compelling account of Treadwell's intense life and dramatic death. Author Mike Lapinski chronicles Treadwell's rise from self-described alcoholic loser to popular grizzly-bear advocate. Lapinski explores how a waiter from Malibu, California, with no background in biology or wildlife science, came to be considered a bear expert. And he reveals the high cost of the current craze for wildlife celebrities – and what it means for the future of wildlife conservation.

About the Author

Mike Lapinski is the author of eleven outdoor and nature books and hundreds of magazine articles. His photographs have appeared as inside and cover art in a variety of magazines and books. Mike is considered an expert on the use of bear pepper spray and often speaks on this subject, bears, and self-defense for nature lovers. He lives with his wife Aggie most of the year in Superior, Montana, close to grizzlies and grizzly country. While the bears are hibernating, Mike and Aggie live in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where Mike writes about jaguars, ocelots, and other wilderness animals of the Southwest.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; 1st edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762736771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762736775
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read both this book and Nick Jans' book "The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears" after having watched the great Werner Herzog documentary film "Grizzly Man". The Herzog documentary piqued my curiosity to learn more about the enigmatic self-styled "bear whisperer" Timothy Treadwell. I have not read Treadwell's own "Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska". In hindsight, I feel that both the Herzog film and Nick Jans' "Grizzly Maze" were much better, less opinionated, and more objective treatments of this guy. Nick Jans' writing is far better than Lapinski's also, and one gets the impression that this book was banged together too quickly in order to get it published before either Jans' book or Herzog's documentary. Lapinski suggests that Treadwell suffered from bipolar disorder and that he and his girlfriend were actually killed by a younger bear weighing 300 pounds, instead of the 1000-pound 28-year-old male "Bear #141" whose stomach contained human remains. This book is filled with a lot of Lapinski's own personal opinions about Treadwell, along with tons of conjecture and speculation. Unlike Jans' book, Lapinski does talk about Treadwell's girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, much more. That is the only one advantage of this book over Jans' book.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Adam C. Hill on September 17, 2005
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I'm sure this book wouldn't have been as interesting if I hadn't seen the Herzog doc, "Grizzly Man," which is excellent and offers a more subtle critique of Treadwell (his partner was made a producer of the film in exchange for full access).

It's a fair look at Treadwell, and has many quotes from many different people (biologists, wildlife experts, park rangers, etc) and all of them are sympathetically critical of Treadwell's dangerous and delusional behavior.

It's a great story of a troubled man, but his defenders continue to do the bears a disservice. He did more harm than good, and got himself and his girlfriend and two bears killed because of his reckless actions. The wildlife tv stars should all take notice of this tragic story.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2005
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I am far from a Treadwell fan, and I felt that Nick Jans 'Grizzly Maze' was too soft on Timmy Treadwell, but this book swings too far in the other direction. Nick Jans is a much better writer, and his book steers clear of the wild speculation which Lapinsky indulges in here. It was obvious to anyone with common sense that Treadwell was a deeply disturbed man who was chasing the only path to celebrity he could find, and it was only a matter of time before the big bears took him out. Does it really matter if Timmy was bipolar or not ? Speculating on whether his friends, the NPS, etc. could have saved him misses the point- only Tim Treadwell could have saved Tim Treadwell, and he didn't think he had a problem, he thought he had found his star. Lapinsky's position is further diluted by his (if you read Lapinsky's 'Bear Attacks-Who Survived and Why?' you knew it was coming) inclusion of a bear spray commercial chapter 'Could Bear Spray Have Saved Tim Treadwell?'. Overall, the book reads like it was hastily cobbled together, perhaps in an attempt to be first to the marketplace.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By alaskareader on August 21, 2005
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As an Alaskan who's been following the Treadwell saga since it broke, I'm very familiar with the many stories that ran in various newspapers and magazines. So, apparently, was this author. 80 percent of this book is simply a "book report" that relies on information and quotes that other journalists dug out, without clear citation of sources. This gives the impression that the author spoke directly with many people he never met. Lapinski did very little original research on the story, and his understanding of the Katmai coast and Kaflia Lake (where Timothy and Amie died) is sketchy at best. And, as often happens in second-hand stories, errors and misconceptions creep in. Where Lapinski's journalism is original (the interviews with Treadwell's mother and with Roland Dixon, for example), he does add new information to the Treadwell puzzle, but reading most of this book is like eating week-old leftovers from the back of the fridge--familiar but not fresh or as interesting as it once was. There's nothing really wrong with this book; it just lacks originality, and the writing style is no more than adequate. Do a google search, read the original articles, and save your money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on May 5, 2010
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Mike Lapinski's "Death in the Grizzly Maze" is a book about the self-proclaimed eco-warrior Timothy Treadwell, who perhaps doesn't need a closer introduction.

Treadwell lived around brown bears in Katmai (a national park in Alaska) for thirteen seasons in a row, somehow getting the wild bears to tolerate his presence. He became a national celebrity in the United States, claiming to defend the bears from poachers and other threats. In 2003, tragedy struck: Treadwell and his companion Amie Huguenard were killed and eaten by brown bears as they were camping in an area Treadwell called the Grizzly Maze.

Who was Timothy Treadwell? What motivated him to socialize at close distance with dangerous and potentially lethal animals? Could the tragedy of his and Amie's deaths have been avoided, or was it inevitable? Werner Herzog's award-winning movie "Grizzly Man" gives one answer, a rather disturbing one: Treadwell was out of his mind, wanted to cross the line between man and beast, and inevitably failed. Herzog even believes that Treadwell was driven by a death wish. Lapinski's book hints at another answer, perhaps an even more disturbing one: Treadwell was a hoax, a con artist whose primary goal was fame and celebrity status. However, he also has an alternative explanation: the frequently erratic behaviour of Treadwell was caused by bipolar disorder.

Although Lapinski isn't a big fan of Tim Treadwell, he nevertheless has a grudging respect for the man. He never accuses him of being a con man outright. Yet, after reading "Death in the Grizzly Maze", I must say that I veer strongly towards that option. Too many of Treadwell's claims just don't ad up.
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