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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (November 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665498
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By stuartm VINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
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I've had a long term interest in crypto-zoology in general and Bigfoot/Yeren/Yeti/et. al. specifically for many decades. Loren Coleman has been writing in this field for even longer as well as maintaining the excellent cryptomundo.com website. So he (along with Mark Hall) is very qualified to write about OTHER "giant" man-apes that have been seen and tracked around the world.

Herein lies the difference that distinguishes this book from other crypto and Bigfoot works: True Giants is NOT about Bigfoot, it is about more elusive giant primates that are even larger (specifically taller) than the alleged Bigfoot. True giants are claimed to be 9 to 18 feet tall! With tracks that are also proportionately larger than Bigfoot tracks.

The thesis of this book is that these giants may have existed up to modern times AND may be a more reasonable presumed descendant of Gigantopithecus than Bigfoot is.

Are the authors correct? I recommend buying and reading this book and deciding for yourselves. There really is no other work that surveys the stories of True Giants with the comprehensiveness of Coleman and Hall. And few works in this field are written with this balance of open-mindedness and reasonable skepticism.

I would give it 5 stars, but I really wanted more images, specifically of the four-toed tracks that seem to be a key marker for True Giants versus Bigfoot. I would also like to know what ancestry the authors would attribute to Bigfoot if Gigantopithecus is to presumed to be a True Giant as I had previously thought of Gigantopithecus as the best candidate for Bigfoot's ancestor.

Overall, I recommend this for crypto followers as the subject matter is unique and the thesis thought-provoking.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew A. Bille on December 25, 2010
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In True Giants, Coleman and Hall tackle a question that's hung around the edges of primate cryptozoology without being fully addressed: Are sasquatch and its ilk (assuming they exist) the tallest primates on Earth, or could there be an additional species, presumably a modern descendant of Gigantopithecus blacki, that forms the basis for worldwide legends of giants 9-20 feet tall? I greatly respect Coleman, and Hall is a researcher of prodigious skill, but this slender volume didn't change my thinking on this.
The authors admit up front that we don't know what kind of skeletal structure works in such an animal (practical knee joints are especially hard to visualize). They suggest a honeycomb bone structure for lightness, but there's no precedent for a true birdlike honeycomb structure in mammals: you have to postulate a long line of evolution we know nothing about for a change this radical. (To be fair, fossils of the modern chimpanzee and gorilla are extremely sparse.) Implausibilities certainly arise in mammals, but scattered eyewitness reports and footprints are not enough to make me take this one seriously. I commend the authors for tackling a difficult subject and sparking debate, and cryptozoologists should read this book for an understanding of the "high end" of unidentified-primate reports.
- Matt Bille
Author, Shadows of Existence: Discoveries and Speculations in Zoology (Hancock, 2006)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reading Teach on March 8, 2011
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This is an interesting book that looks back at giant legends and combines that with giant sightings of the past few hundred years. What you get is an interesting theory on what gigantopithecus might be and how a even taller primate than bigfoot might exist in the world. Well written and not over the top, just a presentation of the facts as they seem them and their commentary on how the facts could be interpeted. Most amazing part of the book is the consisent descriptions from every corner of the world of the giants as cannibals(eating humans though not themselves). Always intrigues me when legends from unconnected parts of the world are amazingly similar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tartarus on May 30, 2013
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This is not a book about Bigfoot. Granted, Bigfoot is pretty big and could technically be considered a giant. And it does get a few mentions in the book. However, the main creatures this book is concerned with are far bigger creatures, around 3 to 6 metres tall.

The authors suggest that the giants of legend could be based on real life creatures that roamed the earth. Even more incredibly, giants may still be around today as is indicated by various eyewitness reports of truly massive man-beasts.
One of the most focused on giants in the book are the orang dalam- hairy giants from the jungles of Malaysia that have been sighted by large numbers of eyewitnesses. The book also discusses giant reports from other parts of the world including Europe, the Himalayas, the Americas, Africa and Oceania. True Giants are reported to often dwell in sheltered caves and to avoid humans whenever possible (understandable considering humans' often less than hospitable attitudes towards that which is different).

The authors identify Bigfoot as Paranthropus and the True Giants as Gigantopithecus. I'm uncertain of the Paranthropus as Bigfoot notion (Paranthropus would have to grow bigger and move from Africa to North America, but that could perhaps work). And as for the True Giants, while I agree that Gigantopithecus might explain a fair portion of them, especially when we consider reports of giants with gorilla-like faces, there is one thing to note. The authors point out that at least some True Giants do things like making clothing and building tools and may in ancient times have done things like herding animals and even taken up smithing. The authors seem to interpret this as the giants imitating humans.
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