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The Story of Brutus: My Life with Brutus the Bear and the Grizzlies of North America Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 4, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (September 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605981079
  • ASIN: B006CDJC9Y
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There's no denying Anderson's enthusiasm for--and empathy with--the Montana grizzly bears to which he has dedicated his life. An animal rescue and rehabilitation expert and host of National Geographic's Expedition series, the author connected with the natural world as a young boy on wilderness treks with his mountain man father, honing tracking skills and developing an intuitive sense of how to react in encounters with the likes of snakes, bears, mountain lions, and wolves. In his 20s he adopted a grizzly bear cub he named Brutus, who provides no shortage of sweet and scary anecdotes. The author refutes "bearanoia"--man's unfounded fear, fueled by ignorance and hysteria, of a generally "solitary, shy creature" that would rather not attack humans. The book's plea for coexistence with the wilderness is both emotionally heartfelt and factually fascinating, but clumsy prose hobbles the fervent message.
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Anderson, host of National Geographic’s Expedition television series, began his wildlife education at age 5 by catching grasshoppers and befriending muskrats. By the age of 26, he was an experienced wildlife curator eager to save a surplus grizzly cub named Brutus from euthanization by raising the cub in his home. Although Brutus now weighs more than 800 pounds and lives in a wild-animal park, Anderson is still the grizzly’s close buddy, training him for educational programs and television shows. In this quick-reading memoir, Anderson recounts eight happy years with Brutus and relates his concerned observations about bears in the wild. Unlike Jim Cole, author of Blindsided (2010), Anderson has never been seriously injured by a bear despite the risks that he takes. “Don’t do this at home” is a frequent reminder in this entertaining book. --Rick Roche

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This book is not only entertaining, but educational as well.
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We need more humans like him on this planet who have positive feelings for animals without being sappy and sentimental about them.
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This is a very heart-warming story of Casey's life, love and passion for all animals, especially his friendship with Brutus!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt- Wilmington, NC on September 8, 2010
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I have read many books over the years, and this one ranks up there at the very top! The Story of Brutus is one of a kind because it involves a very passionate, dedicated, motivated, and educated individual, Casey Anderson, as he shares genuine first hand accounts of his life. With his fantastic writing style that can appeal to all age groups and individuals with many backgrounds (even if your field doesn't happen to be environmental...or working grizzly bears), his writing makes you feel as though you are experiencing his journeys as well. Casey tells about the stories of Brutus and his many bears friends, along with providing all readers with a vast amount of knowledge that can be used in educating others about grizzly bear habitat protection for the future. This book should certainly be used in classrooms across the country, as educating students about the environment and this important subject of grizzly bear habitat protection could not have been portrayed any better than what information is provided from Casey. If there were more individuals like Casey, this world would be a much better place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Engel on August 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is remarkable. Absolutely a joyful read. I zipped through it and just ordered another copy. I think I am going to be giving this out to all my friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Jo Hunter on October 28, 2011
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This book deserves five stars, but not because Casey is a great writer. His writing ability is adequate to tell his story, which is incredible. The book is a series of stories that are instructive, fascinating and adventurous for sure, but it is the uniqueness of Casey's journey that makes it so special. Not many people even get to see much more than a glimpse of bears in the wild in their lifetime, let alone spend time with them. Because of Casey's kinship with a captive bear, he is able to read wild bears. Our wild grizzly and brown bears are a national treasure and if we are to save them from ourselves we need to start understanding them and their world right away. It is pioneers like Casey Anderson and Charlie Russell that can make those connections for us. By reading this book about Brutus carefully you will get a sense of "bearness" . . what it means to be a bear and what we must seem like to bears. Animals seem to have more emotional intelligence on average than humans do, and Casey's experiences show that in a graphic way. I didn't get the Kindle version of this book because I wanted to study the pictures. (I don't watch TV so they were new to me) Although the book can be a fast read just for the adventure of it, I am going to read it again more slowly as there is a lot of information packed in the stories. Casey is one of our more charismatic bear ambassadors who will speak for the bear point of view and hopefully be able to stitch the human and animal experience together well enough in time for us to save our bears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on December 2, 2013
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I learned a lot more about wildlife which is very fascinating to me. It is also very educational. I have already recommended this book to a few people that are interested in the same material and would like to visit the area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 8, 2011
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What a wonderful book! I became a fan of Casey's after watching his show "Expedition Wild" on Nat Geo Wild, and his relationship with his best friend Brutus, captivated me. By the way, Brutus is a 900 lb. grizzly bear, just in case you didn't catch that from the cover of the book. ;)

The very first part of the book tells the story of how Casey adopted his "son". It is the perfect preface to the rest of the book as it exhibits Casey's very personal and emotional dedication and attachment to animals. This one experience is the ideal way to say, "Hello, here is my life, and this is what I'm about."

Not only does it focus on Casey's relationship with Brutus, but it delves into many other animal experiences that he's had in his past that have shaped him into who he is today. Without these experiences, his relationship with Brutus would never be the same -- or might not have happened at all. Impressively, he still eagerly ventures out into the mountains of Montana and works with all sorts of animals even though some of these experiences have been far less than positive. You'll know what I mean when you read about one unhappy bear and again when you learn how his buddy Simba the mountain lion had a little unfriendly moment. Let's just say that over the years, Casey has amassed quite a collection of scars!

Casey also sets forth his animal philosophy and explains his views on how humans and animals should coexist, particularly when humans cross over the boundaries from our cities and towns into the wilderness (better phrased the cities and towns of the animal species). This book gave a very well-rounded presentation of how interconnected humans are with all of the other species in the world and how important it is to maintain these relationships and to respect them.
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The writing could have been more focused and polished, but that's not what the appeal of this book is anyway. The draw is the indescribable unique understanding that Casey Anderson has forged with bears in general and Brutus in particular, along with the often hilarious or touching anecdotes he has accumulated regarding life with a grizzly bear (ie being awakened by the rumblings of an ursine-canine fight in a trailer outside ...). The level of Casey's sacrifice and devotion to taking care of Brutus is reciprocated in turn by Brutus's amazing trust and love for his human "father" - Casey spares the reader neither the painful, messy, dangerous, hard realities of his choices, nor the deep fulfillment of a meaningful ongoing cross-species relationship with one of the most intelligent and majestic animals that we share this planet with. A memorable, realistic, gritty, and ultimately heartwarming read, and a call to action to save both human and grizzly lives with better mutual understanding.
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