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    DescriptionConsider, if you can, the case of Jacob Fowler, who heard what he thought was the sound of his own skull cracking between the jaws of a grizzly bear - only to discover that it was. Or the Arizonan jogger who ran a mile back to her car with a rabid fox clamped to her arm before driving to hospital for live-saving inoculations. Or the woman who was attacked by a hyena, dragged from her tent by her face and survived to tell of her ordeal. The dangers of the animal kingdom are the stuff of legend but the reality of man's vulnerability and of nature's savage power is far more various, improbable and chilling than even the most active imagination would fear. In this unique work of nature writing, you will encounter the most formidable predators on land and sea - as well as the most overlooked, bizarre and inventive hazards that mother nature has to offer. Meet the cougar that can leap 40 feet and clear 8-foot fences with a fully-grown deer in its jaws, the tapeworm that's been known to grow as long as 82 feet in the human gut and the elephant that single-handedly destroyed an oil tanker. Drawing on an enormous host of true encounters between man and beast, this is the world's most authoritative compendium of animal attacks on human beings. With mordant wit and expert timing, Gordon Grice provides a gripping journey to the dark side of the animal kingdom and a celebration of its humbling, savage glory. It was originally published in hardback as "The Book of Deadly Animals".


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    Title
    Deadly Animals
    Subtitle
    Savage Encounters Between Man and Beast
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gordon Grice
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 277 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241951293
    ISBN 10: 0241951291
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BIC subject category V2: WNC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    Ingram Subject Code: AN
    Libri: ENGM5770
    DC22: 591.65
    BISAC V2.8: NAT037000, NAT001000
    Libri: TIER1000, ZOOL5074
    DC23: 591.65
    Illustrations note
    60 b/w integrated
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    05 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Gordon Grice is one of the world's leading authorities on the dangers of the animal kingdom, having dedicated a lifetime's study to the subject ever since a cougar wandered onto his family's farm when he was six. He is the author of The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators, and his writing has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, Harper's and other magazines, and has been anthologized in The Best American Essays. He lives with his family in Wisconsin. www.deadlykingdom.com
    Review quote
    This book is the serious, adult, hardback equivalent of that splendid programme [Deadly 60] ... a work of mountainous, vertiginous research, a 350-page volume in which scarcely a word is wasted. This review can barely scratch the surface of its wonders Daily Mail Thrillingly scary ... Though I can imagine this book making a perfect stocking filler for adolescent boys, it's also a beautifully-written, well-researched work Mail on Sunday A wonderful, slightly terrifying, utterly captivating encounter with the animal world - not quite like anything I've ever read before. I think the only way I could possibly have enjoyed this more is if I happened to be an adventurous twelve-year-old boy, but still, even for a fully domesticated forty-year-old woman, it was both a thrill and an education Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love When it comes to the most deadly animals on the planet it is best to be prepared. With The Book of Deadly Animals forewarned is forearmed! -- Bear Grylls Gordon Grice treats his deadly subject with wit and wry humour, but he does not sensationalise it ... His anecdotes include personal encounters with cougars, black widow spiders and a mouse that defecated in his strawberry pie Independent A must for anyone even remotely thinking of getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog David Sedaris A fresh, strange, and wonderful new voice in nature writing Michael Pollan A lovely little book. After all we've done to them it's great to see the animals getting their own back -- Tony Fitzjohn, Author Of Born Wild I wolfed it down Will Self on The Red Hourglass First-rate, unsentimental writing about nature and about the ways that human beings try to cope with the most terrible cruelties that nature offers up The New York Times Elegant and wryly funny Esquire