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Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology) Hardcover – February 25, 2011
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'Using the career of anthropologist Gordon 'Grover' Sanders Krantz as a focal point, Regal explores the work and lives of the professional scientists ('eggheads') and amateur naturalists ('crackpots') who considered the possibility of Sasquatch and other 'manlike monsters' to be anomalous primates, as opposed to relics of regional folklore. Recommended.' CHOICE
'This excellent and fascinating book is not just about scientists searching for monsters, but others, called 'amateur naturalists' that are looking and doing field work as well. This book is a rare and insightful look by an academic who writes and thinks well.' Bigfoot Times
'This is a book not about Sasquatch, but about the men who spent their lives searching for it. Brian Regal's fast-moving narrative uncovers the complex relationships within and between the amateur enthusiasts and the small number of professional scientists who took the monster seriously. Regal opens a window onto the psychology and sociology of monster-hunting and has provided a valuable case study in the relationship between science and popular culture.' Peter Bowler, Professor of History of Science, School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast
'Searching for tangible evidence of elusive monsters has a long tradition among naturalists, highly trained scientists, adventurers, and charlatans. In this fascinating book, Brian Regal explores the many sides to 'monster-hunting,' or cryptobiology, through a case study of anthropologist Gordon 'Grover' Krantz's search for Sasquatch. Regal has skillfully used Krantz's career to raise a number of significant issues for the history of science, most important, what is the nature of evidence in science itself and how is its legitimacy negotiated.' Garland E. Allen, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
'The Yeti, Sasquatch, and the Minnesota Iceman take a back seat in this lively and engaging book which shows us that far more interesting, surprising, and bizarre than these mythical monsters may be are the many naturalists, both amateur and professional, who strove to make a legitimate science out of their study.' Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Professor, History of Science, University of Florida
'A unique and remarkable work that highlights the people involved in the search for unknown primates. A fount of information on many characters about whom I knew little or nothing. Brian Regal has created a valuable, historic and highly readable tome.' Richard Freeman, Zoological Director, Centre for Fortean Zoology, UK
'Sasquatch has always been a creature of the margins half-human, half-beast; authentic and plastic; science and nonsense. In this incisive and often funny book, Brian Regal shows how the beast also stood between professional scientists and amateurs, and how debates about Sasquatch were simultaneously attempts to define the complicated relationship between these two groups.' Joshua Blu Buhs, author of Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend
About the Author
- Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan; 2011th edition (February 25, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0230111475
- ISBN-13 : 978-0230111479
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sadly most of the prominent people in the book have passed on without ever knowing the truth. As the years go by we are still searching for an answer. I for one am turning more skeptical and I'm struck by what Rene Dahinden - who seemed to be the most realistic and level headed of the bunch said... " I have searched for over forty years and I haven't found it, that's got to say something."
Searching for Sasquatch was a very refreshing and enjoyable read.
creatures. He draws out the best of both sides of the controversy. He
maintains a high tenor, though I would say he goofed on page 51. Here
he suggests that when the CIA turned down a request for information on
the Yeti or Abominable Snowman this indicates they actually have such
documents to hide. Would it not be much more reasonable to suppose that
it was regarded as a frivolous request?
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