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on October 16, 2014
Meet the Sasquatch is an intriguing look into the world of cryptid Hominids. More than that, it is an investigation into the secret world of the Big Foot, the creature that has been roaming the Pacific Northwest since native Americans first encountered them hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago.

This book is well put together with strong documentation depicting the creature's existance with foot prints, body impressions and eye witness accounts of the creature's presence. Of special importance are the dermal ridge patterns found on the soles of the feet in casts which are different in all species. The dermal ridge pattern is significantly different in the Sasquatch than humans and is very difficult to hoax.

There are many color and black and white photographs, especialy of the famous Bluff Creek, Patterson Gimlin film in a frame by frame sequence. The creature photographed was a huge hairy female, a wrinkle hoaxers would unlikely pursue.

Also discussed is the famous wild woman, Zana and her son, khwit. Zana was captured in the mid eighteen hundreds in the North Caucasus region of Russia. Zana and Khwit were extremely strong and were covered in body hair. They were termed by the locals as almastys or wild men. Zana's son's remains have recently been DNA tested and found to be of archaic African descent.

This book is printed in large format on high quality glossy paper. It makes a fine coffee table decoration.

Sufficient evidence is presented in this book to establish a strong liklihood for the existance of Bigfoot or Sasquatch, although no bones or bodies were ever found. However, with more and more people looking and the systematic removal of ancient forested lands by logging, their natural habitat, there is reason to believe one will soon be found.
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on November 14, 2011
"Meet the Sasquatch" is a great summary of most of what's known about the Sasquatch phenomenon to date. It is a good compilation of "classic" stories, native American lore and many types of evidence. The pictures are fantastic and the book is jammed with them. Anyone who is a fan of the genre will not find a lot of new information that hasn't been published before, but there are some very interesting tidbits, and a lot of new information on the people who have done the most compelling research through the years, with many personal anecdotes from the author and his interactions with them. I highly recommend the book, especially for those who are just getting into the story of Sasquatch and want to be brought up to date quickly and in an entertaining fashion.
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on October 26, 2005
This is a beautiful 8.5 X 11 inch book that would be a good addition to any Bigfoot book collection. It's not so much about bigfoot encounters as just a general overview of the types of information out there on Bigfoot. The researchers, the types of evidence, early records and references, etc. An excellent beginners book about bigfoot.

Most impressive, are the beautful pictures and artwork. I bought it just for the beautiful presentation of these. I'd be proud to leave this book out on my coffee table at home. For books on Bigfoot encounters, the best two are: Bigfoot Across America by Philip L. Rife (in America) and In Search of Giants by Thomas Steenburg (Canada)
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on October 13, 2006
Meet the Sasquatch is something as unusual as a well-written, informative, and serious book about the Bigfoot/Sasquatch phenomenon, filled with both photographs and illustrations, most of them in color. In a way, think of this book as a Greatest Hits collection of everything regarding that allusive primate which is said to roam the American landscape.

It's a book larger than your standard paperback, but that's fortunate, considering all the photographs and illustrations. All three authors are experienced and recognized Bigfoot researchers, and the book is based on a Bigfoot exhibit put on display at Vancouver Museum during the summer of 2004.

If you choose to purchase this book - and anyone with a serious interest shouldn't hesitate for a second to do so - you'll be treated with, among other things, the many plaster casts made from footprints over the years, an extremely thorough analysis of the Patterson/Gimlin movie shot at Bluff Creek, California, reconstructions made by anthropologists of what the body of a Bigfoot might look like, introductions to some of the top names in contemporary Bigfoot research together with some of the pioneers, how this creature has been portrayed in myths and legends among the native Americans, and much more.

And that's pretty much all I can say about Meet the Sasquatch. If you find the subject fascinating I cannot tell you any reason as for why you shouldn't purchase this book.
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on June 12, 2009
Photos abound. Some good (never before released historical images), most so-so (been published a hundred times over in other venues), none outstanding. The text is a constant barrage of appeals to Native American legends as being authoritative accounts of a real species, completely unsubstantiated speculation (such as the skull structure of the figure in Patterson's famous 1967 film), and heaping of gratuitous praise on the mootley crop of "Bigfoot Researchers" that have kept generations of monster buffs entertained.

Author Chris Murphy has no apparent training in biology, anthropology, or primatology, but he doesn't let this get in the way of speculating about aspects of all 3 fields (and more) as he pleads with the reader to believe in Bigfoot. This seems especially disingenuous since a mere decade before he was claiming the exact opposite and using equally faulty logic to prove that the Patterson film was a hoax. Clearly, he sensed a buck to be made by "switching teams" and is now a cheerleader for Bigfoot. Hey, more power to him.

The book works well as a scrapbook for Bigfoot fans like me. Just don't expect anything new or informative out of it.
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on June 25, 2006
I received this book in August 2004, and read it in 4 days. The pictures in the book are excellent, over 600 of them. Some of the things covered in this book are the old Indian Legends, including a look at the Yokut Indian tribe's "Hairy Man" legend by Kathy Moskowitz; the classic encounters with Sasquatch by such men as Albert Ostman, Fred Beck, William Roe and others; the Patterson/Gimlin film, with Cibachrome prints photos shown; other evidence such as hair, footprints, handprints, the Skookum Cast, sounds and possible nesting areas of the Sasquatch; the Washington state environmental atlas entry, as well as the law in Skamania County, Washington, prohibiting the killing of a Sasquatch; tributes to different researchers, such as John Green, the late Rene Dahinden and Grover Krantz, Bob Titmus, Daniel Perez, Ray Crowe, Richard Noll and several others; and the Russian Almasty and the Yeti. This book is highly-recommended to those even with a casual interest in the subject. The book can be purchased from [...] for [...] (softcover edition); [...] (hardcover signed edition) and [...] (leatherbound signed edition).
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on September 11, 2004
Ahhh, here is a book the bigfoot community has been waiting for. Christopher Murphy (along with John Green and Thomas Steenburg) have given us a great book for research, discussion, and tributes. I eagerly awaited this book since its announcement and was compelled to buy it just for having Green's and Steenburg's involvement. I'm so glad I did. While the book is thin, it covers quite a variety of data and many exceptional photos. I've got nearly every book on this subject, collected newspaper and magazine articles, television programs, and absorb whatever info I can get. This publication has added fresh new info and I'm delighted with it.

Back in 1996, I wrote an 18 page thesis for college (Montana State University) anthropology class on the matter of bigfoot and received an 'A'. At the time I was grateful for Dr. Krantz's 'Big Footprints' which helped immensely. I wish I had Murphy's 'Meet the Sasquatch' also. This book could easily be used as a text book for a study in an anthropology class and I would recommend it for such. Granted you won't spend a semester studying bigfoot, but a special week of classes would be benefited by this book. This is not a book about sightings, this is a book about data, facts, evidence, contributions, and theories.

Is this text the best book on bigfoot/sasquatch?... no, but it is among the best research friendly works published in the last 15 years. Truly worth every penny of the price.
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on February 11, 2005
This book is a nice, light compendium of current thought on the bigfoot phenomenon intended for a general audience who may not have been exposed to these matters. I object, however, to the extent folks characterize it as the "best material" on this subject. That honor must go to works containing significant original research like those of Krantz (for scientifically analyzing footprints), John Green (for collecting anecdotal evidence), Bindernagel (for applying wilderness-biology principles to the subject), and journal articles published by Meldrum and others.

Meet the Sasquatch does have its moments - e.g., the numerous photographs, Murphy's discussion of his Bluff Creek model, Kathy Moskowitz's discussion of the "hairy man" pictographs. But much of it indiscriminately rehashes information to present a one-sided, pro-bigfoot view. The book, for example, uncritically perpetuates the Jacko story when, to my understanding, that story is almost certainly false (see Loren Coleman's "Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America", regarding this). The book also contains numerous, distracting typographic errors. Hancock House or whoever edited the book really needs to correct the typos in later editions.

The search for bigfoot has taken huge hits in recent years with the death of Dr. Krantz, the widespread, negative publicity surrounding the "confessions" of Ray Wallace's relatives, and the publication of Greg Long's book (flawed in certain details though it may be, its overall argument that Patterson hoaxed Patty is compelling). If the bigfooters now want to be taken seriously, their best material will certainly need to be better and more balanced than this. To my mind, the ideal material would be a multi-authored text (perhaps a collection of scientific symposium papers presented by proponents, opponents, and the skeptically neutral) that even-handedly presents and addresses various skeptical assessments about the evidence for or against the existence of bigfoot (e.g., Napier's discussion of footprint shapes -i.e., hourglass or not -, Long's discussion of the Patty film's chain of custody, anthropological claims that Alley blew it with his discussion of land otters, other evaluations contained in Skeptic or Skeptical inquirer, etc.).
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on July 24, 2006
Covers a broad scope of territory. From the First Nations evidence, to early written records from America and Canada. All the classic sightings are given space here. Analyzing foot and hand casts, hair samples, DNA and sound recordings, and alleged nesting sites. Many would be surprised to learn that even Jane Goodall herself, accepts the mountains of evidence as proof of a real animal out there. Answers the Ray Wallace fraud satisfactorily as well. And I for one, never believed the claim that Hollywood's then leading master of moviemakeup, John Chambers(best known for his work in 1968's Planet of the Apes)could have come up with the creature we see in the Patterson/Gimlin film shot in 1967. I don't think Hollywood was that far advanced yet. He even stated such in a 1997 interview with cryptozoologist Bobbi Short. In his own words, "I'm good but not that good." Rick Baker? Yes. But his unique genius didn't come along until well into the 1970s. So there John Landis!
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on September 26, 2004
Simply put, this book has it all. 99.99% of what anyone would want to know about Bigfoot is in this coffee table sized volume.

Chris has done us all a service and put it between these covers. I cannot over-praise the work he has done and that of all the people contained within it. There are no mental gymnastics one must go through to understand the evidence collected so far by amateur researchers. It is heavily illustrated with many never before published pictures and drawings. It begs the reader to really think about it, visulize it and not just scoff and proclaim "no way, those things can't exist".

What is it with those Canadians anyway? How can they consistently produce the best material out there on the subject? This sets the bar quite a bit higher than other work's claiming so called "critical thinking" or to be "skeptically inquiring" by being downright "serious". It will be at least another 10 years before anything like it can be made with original material.

I also predict that many of you will use this book to collect the autographs of the people Chris wrote about.
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