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Man-Eaters Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 2002

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312981562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312981563
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't let the ... packaging fool you--this paperback is a reprint of a BBC book from a few years back that's chock full of information on many hundreds of cases of animals devouring people. This book imparts that more than a million people have been killed and eaten by tigers in the course of human history. There are also chapters on African lions (including a great capsule story of the Man-Eaters of Tsavo), leopards (which rival tigers in India as man-eaters), wolves (of which there are almost no known cases of them killing man in Europe or North America), and cougars, which are deadlier than I had realized. There are also chapters on more cold-blooded denizens, sharks and crocodilians. Very entertaining, though you'll reconsider letting your kids play outside for a while.
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There's something that lurks in all of us that wants to rubber-neck at the highway wreck, wants to rip away the band-aid to see the wound, and perhaps wants to read a lengthy tome filled with grisly stories about unfortunate fellow human beings who were savaged by the top-billed animal stars of our most primeval fears. And hey: I am one of those fleeing herd of wildebeest, because I bought the book, read the book, finished the book, and --okay, yeah--on that base, campfire-tale primeval level, enjoyed the book.

But why did I, and should I have? And what's the role of books like this in today's day and age?

Because if you're looking to be entertained by being scared, or are looking for an encyclopedic collection of most of history's worst animal attack stories (most of which can be found on Wikipedia), all together in one place (including attacks by some animals which are not even scientifically proven to exist <cough; the Nandi-Bear>), this book delivers, because that's what Mr. Bright has done here.

What he has NOT done is to include an iota of conservation messaging in support of any of these predators, many of which are endangered, all of which need our protection far more than 99% of us are ever going to need to be protected from them.

Fear-mongering collections like this generate terror of wildlife and distrust of and fear of the wild places they inhabit, rather than promoting respect for nature. These gruesome stories will still be around a century from now, but the species that star in them very well may not be.

It's hard to sanction writing about animals simply for the sake of lurid entertainment, without a shred of educational or scientific value as a takeaway.
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I will not swim in the ocean
I will not swim in the ocean
I will not etc etc etc .....
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