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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures) by [John Vaillant]

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“Magnificent.... Suspenseful.... The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Mesmerizing ... a blistering good tale, stocked with fascinating characters, none more compelling than the tiger itself ... the adventure book of the year.”—
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A masterpiece.... What elevates
The Tiger from adventure yarn to nonfiction classic is Vaillant’s mastery of language.” —Outside
“A riveting story.” —
The Washington Post

“Brilliant ... A tale of astonishing power and vigor ... Read this fine, true book in the warmth, beside the flicker of the firelight. Read it and be afraid. Be very afraid.” —Simon Winchester,
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“[A] riveting story ... Vaillant’s book teaches a lesson that humankind desperately needs to remember: When you murder a tiger, you not only kill a strong and beautiful beast, you extinguish a passionate soul.”—
Washington Post
“[An] epic story.... A travelogue about tiger poaching in Russia’s far east opens up a new genre ... [the] conservation thriller."—
“If ever a nonfiction author has used the techniques of fiction any better to recount a real-life narrative, it is difficult to imagine who that author would be.... Think of Vaillant as a younger version of John McPhee, but on steroids.” —
The Seattle Times
“Riveting, often chilling.... A remarkable, thoroughly researched, informative chronicle that will appeal to readers interested in the conservation of wildlife.”—
Providence Journal
“Nonfiction as riveting as any detective story.... Vaillant sets the stage for an epic encounter that unfolds dramatically and inexorably, climaxing in a stunning encounter.”—
Christian Science Monitor
“An extraordinary book, bringing vividly to life this rare and terrifying creature and the men who are setting their lives at stake every day in a barely civilized part of the world. This is a real-life adventure story that is rarely encountered.”—
The Washington Times
“A remarkable and thoughtful account of a distant place where man and animal meet with fatal consequences.”—
Richmond Times Dispatch
“Told with passion and deep knowledge of the history cultures, folk tales, flora and fuana of this part of the world ...
The Tiger has the pace and precision of a spy thriller.”—Waterbury Republican-American


'The Tiger is the sort of book I very much like and rarely find. Humans are hard-wired to fear tigers, so this book will attract intense interest.' -- Annie Proulx 'This elegant work of narrative non-fiction has it all--beauty, intrigue, a primeval locale, fully realized characters, and a conflict that speaks to the state of our world. The Tiger takes us on a journey to the raw edge of civilization, to a world of vengeful cats and venal men, a world that, in Vaillant's brilliant telling, is simultaneously haunting and enchanting.' -- Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers 'Writing in a vigorous, evocative style ... Vaillant paints a haunting portrait of man's vexed relationship with nature.' -- Publishers Weekly 'This book must be read by everybody who is interested in the conservation of wildlife. It takes you to the Russian wilderness to meet face-to-face with the Siberian tiger.' -- Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation 'An absolutely superb book.' -- George Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society & Panthera 'A masterpiece' -- Outside 'Brilliant' -- US Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003F3PKY0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage (August 24, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 24, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4410 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 362 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755 ratings

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John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Outside, and Men's Journal, among others. Of particular interest to Vaillant are stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world. His work in this and other fields has taken him to five continents and five oceans.

His first book, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed (Norton, 2005), was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction (Canada).

His second book, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Knopf, 2010) was an international bestseller and has been translated into 15 languages. Film rights have been optioned by Plan B, Brad Pitt's production company.

In 2014, Vaillant won Yale University's Windham Campbell prize for nonfiction (worldwide English).

His first novel, The Jaguar's Children (HMH, 2015), is coming out in January.

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