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The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon Paperback – November 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0888395528 ISBN-10: 0888395523

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Hancock House Pub Ltd (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888395523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888395528
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find the information vital for a researcher.
Mark F. Woody
Good "need to know" information for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge and advance the field of Sasquatch or Bigfoot research.
Lawrence A. Leavell
The book is well written and I feel it is one of the best that I have read.
E. J Mazzi

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Working Novelist on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Like most amateur Bigfoot enthusiasts, I have read dozens of books on the phenomenon, but Thom Powell's THE LOCALS is truly the new standard to which all future books on the subject will be compared.

There are a number of reasons why this is such an excellent Bigfoot/Sasquatch book; however, rather than write endless paragraphs on them, allow me to make my points as a list:

1. Powell doesn't waste his or the reader's time by rehashing (at least in lengthy detail) the "classic" cases--the Albert Ostman story, Ruby Creek, Mt. St. Helens, the Patterson film, etc. Instead, Powell focuses his energies on relating and interpreting more modern (or previously less publicized) accounts.

2. Unlike some Bigfoot researchers who do what Sherlock Holmes described as a "cardinal" error--using facts selectively to fit theories--Powell lays out the facts of Bigfoot encounters as patterns, then develops theories that fit those patterns. This is truly the use of scientific method, and in an arena where conjecture runs rampant, Powell's approach is refreshing.

3. As far as I know, Powell is the first Bigfoot researcher who has posited the idea that Bigfoots may possess "alternative" higher abilities, which would explain both the eerie similarities between accounts of encounters and the reason why the creatures have managed to elude humans so well for so long. For example, Powell spends several pages in the book discussing the possibility that Bigfoots may possess infrasound capabilities (emitting low-level frequencies to paralyze and disorient humans or prey). Bigfoots having this ability would explain the "I'm being watched" sensation so often felt by people venturing into an area populated by Bigfoots.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James A. Newton on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I have read about the Bigfoot phenomena since "In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman". Thom Powell intelligently examines all of the various aspects of phenomena, giving possible credence to every explanation and ariiving at some potential possibilities of his own. What I particularly like was Thom Powells non-arrogant approach - he doesn't demean or mock people but gives each point of view consideration.

Essentially Thom looks at the conflicting approaches of the Bigfoot phenomena. The scientific standpoint which supposes that Bigfoot are real flesh and blood animals, with no particular qualities albeit being especially intelligent in comparison to any other animal. This is in opposition to the other school of thought that attribute Bigfoot to the realms of the supernatural or as being visitors from other worlds (either in time or space).

The book very coherently explores both these possibilities - backing them up with various case studies. I had not heard these case studies before and it was pleasant to read them rather than the usual Ostman, Ape Canyon, Patterson stories. On this point alone the book is very refreshing.

Thom is very respectful in terms of his regard for Native American traditions regarding Bigfoot and suggesting that many Native American beliefs stating that Bigfoot is both real and 'spirit' quite possibly makes the most sense as a way of understanding the phenomena. This is not to say that there is not a rational, 'scientific' explanation of Bigfoot but that science currently does not have the knowledge/ tools/ open-mindedness to understand the phenomenon and that perhaps science needs to address it own attitudes towards the universe.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Curry on October 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading The Locals - but, I feel that it is not the real investigative book that it pitches itself as. It is well written; however, the investigation is lacking in much meat that would make the book and the investigator credible. For instance, the researcher goes off on some expeditions and finds some evidence which either startles him, he runs out of time or just gives up. The reader (and theorist) is left wondering -- why??? If you are on the tracks of collecting pictures and sounds or having a genuine contact, why would you leave the scene and just explain that you ran out of time or gave up? I dont think that is very good science or investigative research. Other than that, its a nice read. It was good fun to read as I traveled through the Skookum/St Helens area myself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ella on January 29, 2006
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I can't claim to have read every Bigfoot book on the market, far from it, but I've read my share, being a Bigfoot junkie--and in my own opinion, this is the very best general treatise on Bigfoot since Ivan Sanderson's pioneering work, just as Mary Green's books are, IMO, the best in the region-specific category.

"The Locals" is thoroughly researched, sensitively presented, and sensibly organized. Thom touches on topics like the alleged paranormal, psychic aspects of Bigfoot and the possible government cover-up, presenting facts and case histories without demanding the reader's opinion of same. And as if a wonderful read were not enough, Alicia Bateman's charming, minimalist-type illustrations are an added bonus.

Locally and globally, this is a gem of a research book, worth every cent of the modest price and every minute of reading--and re-reading, which I have done. I eagerly look forward to Thom Powell's next book, and since he'll be seeing this, I hope he'll take the not so subtle hint and get going!
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