Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Science - 296 pages
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Last August, two men in rural Georgia announced that they had killed Bigfoot. The claim drew instant, feverish attention, leading to more than 1,000 news stories worldwide—despite the fact that nearly everyone knew it was a hoax. Though Bigfoot may not exist, there’s no denying Bigfoot mania.

With Bigfoot, Joshua Blu Buhs traces the wild and wooly story of America’s favorite homegrown monster. He begins with nineteenth-century accounts of wildmen roaming the forests of America, treks to the Himalayas to reckon with the Abominable Snowman, then takes us to northern California in 1958, when reports of a hairy hominid loping through remote woodlands marked Bigfoot’s emergence as a modern marvel. Buhs delves deeply into the trove of lore and misinformation that has sprung up around Bigfoot in the ensuing half century. We meet charlatans, pseudo-scientists, and dedicated hunters of the beast—and with Buhs as our guide, the focus is always less on evaluating their claims than on understanding why Bigfoot has inspired all this drama and devotion in the first place. What does our fascination with this monster say about our modern relationship to wilderness, individuality, class, consumerism, and the media?

Writing with a scientist’s skepticism but an enthusiast’s deep engagement, Buhs invests the story of Bigfoot with the detail and power of a novel, offering the definitive take on this elusive beast.

 

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Review: Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend

User Review  - Elizabeth Judd taylor - Goodreads

More of a social history than a history of Bigfoot, this book discusses the Bigfoot and Yeti "crazes" of the 20th century, and what they say about the changes taking place in society at the time. Well-researched and very interesting, and a nice mix of Bigfoot and Yeti lore and 20th century culture. Read full review

Review: Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend

User Review  - Bill FromPA - Goodreads

After an opening chapter which summarizes the medieval idea of the Wild Man and nineteenth century sideshow exhibits such as Barnum's What-Is-It, Buhs gets to his main topic, the story of the Yeti and ... Read full review

Contents

1 Wildmen
1
19511959
22
19291958
51
1958
66
19591961
88
19611967
111
19671980
131
19691977
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19781990
204
10 The Death of Bigfoot? 19802002
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Bibliography
255
Index
269
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About the author (2009)

Joshua Blu Buhs is an independent scholar and the author of The Fire Ant Wars, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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