Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend
Joshua Blu Buhs
2009, University Of Chicago Press
Science banished wildmen from nature but they remained as leisure entertainment, says the author. This book cites excellent primary sources to provide an entertaining history of hairy man beast, mainly the Yeti (abominable snowman), Sasquatch, and Bigfoot, as part of mass culture. Examines the con men and consumerism related to these wild men tales which spawned media treatment and micro-economies (related to “Sasquatchiana”). Also delves into other subjects like Roger Patterson’s famous film, the Minnesota Iceman and the experts who examined it, the success of The Legend of Boggy Creek and the rise of amateurs and professional Bigfoot seekers and skeptics. Buhs goes off a bit far into the weeds in places, psychologically-speaking. Regardless, this is a wonderfully readable, excellent history of Bigfoot and friends. A must-have for your Bigfoot shelf. Readily available in print or Kindle format.