The Book of Deadly AnimalsPaperback
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- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Format: Paperback | 382 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 28mm | 295g
- Publication date: 31 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0143120743
- ISBN 13: 9780143120742
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 410,269
Whether at a zoo, on a camping trip, or under our bedsheets, we are surrounded by animals. While most are perfectly harmless, it's the magnificent exceptions that populate "The Book of Deadly Animals." Award-winning writer Gordon Grice takes readers on a tour of the animal kingdom--from grizzly bears to great white sharks, big cats to crocodiles. Every page overflows with astonishing facts about Earth's great predators and unforgettable stories of their encounters with humans, all delivered in Grice's signature dark comic style. Illustrated with awe-inspiring photographs of beasts and bugs, this wondrous work will horrify, delight, and amaze.
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Gordon Grice has written for "The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Discover," and "Granta." His first book, "The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators," won a Whiting Writers' Award and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the "Los Angeles Times" and the New York Public Library. He lives in Wisconsin.
"Grice tempers his book with grim humor, a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, and fascinating trivia (Herman Melville's Moby Dick was based on an actual whale named Mocha Dick that terrorized the South Pacific). A gifted writer, Grice's relentlessly detailed descriptions of the effects of spider and snake bites, as well as the outcome of tangling with pencil catfish or alligators, may make this rough going for the easily squeamish, but those with a fascination for wildlife will find this an informative and dramatic study."--"Publishers Weekly"