THE GRIZZLY MAZE: TIMOTHY TREADWELL'S FATAL OBSESSION WITH ALASKAN BEARS
Author: Nick Jans
Publisher: PENGUIN/PUTNAM (PENGUIN ACCT), Jun 2005
In the tradition of Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild", a riveting adventure story of Timothy Treadwell's passion to understand & protect & protect the grizzly bear--& his ultimate tragic encounter with one. 5.5x8 inches, 272 pgs.
In the tradition of Jon Krakauer?s Into the Wild and Peter Jenkins?s Looking for Alaska, a riveting adventure story of one man?s passion to understand and protect the grizzly bear?and his last foolhardy, violent encounter with one.
Ursus arctos horribilis, commonly known as the grizzly or brown bear, is one of the most feared animals on the planet. As its most outspoken protector, Timothy Treadwell tirelessly sought to overturn the perception of grizzlies as dangerously aggressive. It was therefore a media sensation when in October 2003 Treadwell and his girlfriend were fatally mauled by a bear in Alaska?s Katmai National Park, the first such attack in the park in eighty-five years. The horrifying audiotape of Treadwell?s final, frantic screams begged the question: How could this happen?
In The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, who for years has written expertly and lyrically about the Alaskan wilderness, ventures to answer this question. Based on exclusive access to the killing site and his own and other?s expert knowledge of Alaskan bears, Jans plots out Treadwell?s final expedition and encounter with the grizzly. In doing so, Jans provides a moving and complex portrait of the man known as the "Bear Whisperer," whose controversial ideas earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of some animal lovers, and the skepticism of naturalists. The Grizzly Maze also offers a definitive, close-up look at bears, bear behavior, and our complicated relationship with them. It promises to be the blockbuster adventure read of the season.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Wonderful new voice, all the more alive against the grave and ancient background of Inupiat tradition, and the waiting landscape." --Peter Matthiessen on The Last Light Breaking
"One of Alaska's best writers...Many are drawn to the North, but few are chosen by it. Jans is one of those chosen." --Booklist on Tracks of the Unseen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nick Jans is a contributing editor for Alaska magazine & a member of USA Today's Board of Editorial Contributors. He has written for Rolling Stone, Backpacker, & the Christian Science Monitor. His books include Tracks of the Unseen: Meditations on Alaska Wildlife, Landscape, and Photography: A Place Beyond Finding Home in Arctic Alaska, and The Last Light Breaking: Living Among Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos.