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Coleman's Quick Critiques of a Bevy of Bigfoot Books

In this fascinating and comprehensive look at the fact, fiction, and fable of the North American "Sasquatch," award-winning author Loren Coleman takes readers on a journey into America's biggest mystery -- could an unrecognized "ape" be living in our midst? Drawing on over forty years of investigations, interviews, and fieldwork on these incredible beasts, Coleman explores the modern debates about these powerful, ape-like creatures, why they have remained a mystery for so long, and what we can learn about ourselves from these animals, our nearest cousins!

BAYANOV, Dmitri, America's Bigfoot: Fact, Not Fiction (Crypto-Logos: Moscow, 1997). This is a good overview by a Russian hominologist (thus giving a look from outside the American cultural framework) with a great deal of detailed information on the Patterson film.

BERRY, Rick, Bigfoot on the East Coast (Privately published: Stuart's Draft, 1993). Via a long listing of cases, the title says it all and it is an excellent resource for beginning a study in this area.

BINDERNAGEL, John A., North America's Great Ape: The Sasquatch (Beachcomber Books: Courtenay, 1998). Bindernagel's insights are worthy of anyone's time. He bases most of his thoughts on Green's old data, and does mix in what I sense is non-classic-Bigfoot data from the East, but hey, nice guy Bindernagel goes where no one has with his comparisons with the great apes.

BORD, Janet & BORD, Colin, The Bigfoot Casebook (Granada: London, 1982). This is dated but a worthwhile read.

BYRNE, Peter, The Search For Bigfoot: Monster, Myth or Man? (Acropolis: Washington D.C., 1975). This book, like Rene's below, is one of the personal pursuit books reflective of the kind of individualized insights found in such tomes.

COLEMAN, Loren, Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology (Linden: Fresno, 2002). Good historical material is included on the early Bigfoot and Sasquatch expeditions supported by Slick and others. New photos and an extensive examination of Slick's ties to the CIA roundout this updated version of the 1980s' classic.

COLEMAN, Loren, Mysterious America: The Revised Edition (Paraview: New York, 2001). One original and three mostly new, important chapters exist in this book related to North American-based hominoid accounts. They are "Mystery Kangaroos and Devil Monkeys," "Eastern Bigfoot: Momo and Marked Hominids," "The North American Ape," and "Minnesota Iceman."

COLEMAN, Loren & CLARK, Jerome, Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (Simon and Schuster: New York, 1999). Many entries and the timeline chart give good contextual frames of reference for the total study of hominology in general, and Bigfoot, specifically.

COLEMAN, Loren & HUYGHE, Patrick, The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide (Avon: New York, 1999). While the classification system, 51 type illustrations, range maps, footprint images, and resources may not interest some readers, most reviewers have given high marks to the historical overviews of concepts and the evolution of scientists' interests and ideas on these primates. The cheapest, most available book for ordering online, at around $10.

DAHINDEN, René & HUNTER, Don, Sasquatch/Bigfoot: The Search For North America's Incredible Creature (Firefly Books: Buffalo, 1993). This is a good companion volume to read along with Peter's, above.

GREEN, John, Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (Hancock House: Seattle, 1978). This "bible" of pre-1968 cases is a must for any good Bigfoot reference library.

HALL, Mark A., The Yeti, Bigfoot and True Giants (M.A.H.P.: Minneapolis, 1994; 2nd edit., 1997), and Living Fossils (M.A.H.P.: Minneapolis, 1999). Two of the most stimulating, intellectually, in the whole field should be read by any serious scholar of Bigfoot studies. Hall's books rank right up there with Sanderson's and Green's as my favorites.

HALPIN, Marjorie M. & AMES, Michael M. (Eds.), Manlike Monsters on Trial: Early Records and Modern Evidence (University of British Columbia: Vancouver, 1980). This over-valued book is good but not as great as the editors think it is.

JOHNSON, Paul G. & JEFFERS, Joan L., The Pennsylvania Bigfoot (Privately published: Pittsburgh, 1986). This is one of the many specialized regional books.

KEATING, Don, The Sasquatch Triangle (Privately published: Newcomerstown, 1987) and The Eastern Ohio Sasquatch (Privately published: Newcomerstown, 1989). Ditto.

KRANTZ, Grover S., Big Footprints (Johnson Books: Boulder, 1992) and Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence (Hancock House: Blaine, 1999). Krantz's book is a great summary of his thoughts on the matter. His notions on Gigantopithecus and the Patterson film should be read by all. Krantz's "single-species" theory about Bigfoot is clearly stated herein.

MARKOTIC, Vladimir & KRANTZ, Grover S. (Eds.), The Sasquatch and Other Unknown Hominoids (Western Publishers: Calgary, 1984). This hard-to-find book is a great collection of all the material that was left out of the Halpin/Ames book. It is one of those undiscovered "bests" that people should read.

NAPIER, John, Bigfoot: The Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality (Jonathan Cape: London, 1972). This anthropologist's book is worth reading, but his skeptical ideas and footprint insights are a little dated.

ORCHARD, Vance, Bigfoot of the Blues (Earthlight Books: Walla Walla, 1992). Another regional book, this one has some good writing by a very involved, on the scene local newspaper columnist.

PATTERSON, Roger, Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? (Franklin Press: Yakima, 1966). The slim volume gives some notion of what Patterson was excited about before his film.

PEREZ, Daniel, Big Footnotes (Perez Publishing: Norwalk, 1988). This is a good bibliography for those wishing to build a worthwhile collection. Perez's tireless efforts are demonstrated in the results of his labors.

PEREZ, Daniel, Bigfoot At Bluff Creek (Perez Publishing: Norwalk, 1992). This booklet is a comprehensive collection and analysis of data on the Patterson-Gimlin (October 20, 1967) Bigfoot film. Very good.

PLACE, Marian T., On the Track of Bigfoot (Dodd, Mead: New York, 1974) and Bigfoot All Over the Country (Dodd, Mead: New York, 1978). A couple folksy recountings of the early days of Bigfootery are given by a woman reporter that was there.

QUAST, Mike, The Sasquatch in Minnesota (Privately published: Fargo, 1990). This is one of the best of the small regional books.

SANDERSON, Ivan T., Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come To Life (Chilton: Philadelphia, 1961). The all-time classic is "the" cornerstone of any research, hunting, and study of Bigfoot-Sasquatch.

SPRAGUE, Roderick & KRANTZ, Grover S. (Eds.), The Scientist Looks at the Sasquatch (University Press of Idaho: Moscow [Idaho], 1977) and The Scientist Looks at the Sasquatch II (University Press of Idaho: Moscow [Idaho], 1979). Scholarly.

STEENBURG, Thomas N., The Sasquatch in Alberta (Western Publishers: Calgary, 1990) and Sasquatch: Bigfoot - The Continuing Mystery (Hancock House: Blaine, 1993). Steenburg's books are beyond merely regional books now.

STRASENBURGH, Gordon R., Paranthropus: Once and Future Brother (Print Shop: Arlington, 1971). This under-read gem was the first one that mentioned Paranthropus as the best fossil candidate for the Patterson Bigfoot.

WASSON, Barbara, Sasquatch Apparitions: A Critique on the Pacific Northwest Hominoids (Privately published: Bend, 1979). The author wrote the first and best "feeling" book on the quest, talking about the hunters as well as the hunted.

WYLIE, Kenneth, Bigfoot: A Personal Inquiry Into a Phenomenon (Viking: New York, 1980). This rambling book is like a hike, so only read it if you want to go for a stroll. Perez and others note it contains factual errors.

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