The Book of Deadly Animals by Gordon Grice

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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.


About Gordon Grice

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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.
Published January 31, 2012 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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To be sure, there are terrifying accounts of sailors lost at sea being feasted upon sharks and gruesome details of black bear attacks ("The carcasses are peeled like bananas"), but Grice tempers his book with grim humor, a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, and fascinating trivia (Herman Melvill...

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Many scientists in the past decided animals killing humans were aberrant, and that the real animal knew it was second best to humans, having been saved in the Ark, and respected our dominion over them.

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Whether it’s a large animal wanting a meal, or a smaller animal defending its young, or just nipping us in revenge for rolling over onto it in bed, it’s in their nature.

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The Book of Deadly Animals Dangers lurk on a walk in the woods or a swim in the ocean, writes Gordon Grice: “… no matter how much we may love them, wild animals are not our friends.” Nature, Grice asserts, is surprisingly scary, or surprisingly natural.

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