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Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness Paperback – May 1996


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Holt McDougal; Reprint edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805045430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805045437
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A journey into the wilderness high country of the Rockies provides a close-up look at the lives, behavior, communication, social hierarchy, habitat, and relationship with humankind of the endangered grizzly bear. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My interest was piqued by Jack Turner's "Abstract Wild" which stands alone as the most intense and vital book written on the experience of wildness. From Turner's comments I ventured to buy a copy of Peacock's book "Grizzly Years" even after having read some of the negative comments I found in the reviews given. There is some truth to these comments but they are far outweighed by honesty and boldness of the experiences of Doug Peacock throughout his `Grizzly Years' which of course are not simply the years Peacock spent studying and living near Grizzlies but rather the years of his own transformation from out of the nightmare that was the Vietnam War. I don't think it is an accident that as one proceeds through the book, which is interspersed with Vietnam war experiences, these experiences no longer command the full attention of Peacock as his healing takes place. More and more he assumes the life of a person living in the moment and can pass by the old nightmares for the realness of his life now. No doubt writing this book itself was a part of his cleaning out process and the leaving behind of past lives because they are no longer necessary. Rather than being excerpts to attract or hold the attention they are an integral part of the story, first the very real and immensely powerful experience of combat and the ever present horror of suffering which is always there confronting him, moments which are full of life or death and nothing in between.Read more ›
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I met Doug Peacock when he was a guest speaker at the Telluride Colorado Mushroom festival. This may seem like an odd venue for an author whose subject is grizzly bears, but when you have heard his stories of survival in the wilderness, part of which involved wild mushrooms, it no longer seems so bizarre. Peacock's dedication to knowing the grizzly is all-encompassing, and it is plain that without an extensive understanding of the natural world he would not have been able to get as close to his subject as he did. He is comparable to Jane Goodall and her relationship to chimpanzees, though the nature of the grizzly does somewhat preclude the intimacy Goodall had with chimps. Peacock got as close to grizzlys as a human can without changing places in the food chain, and just barely at that. This man carries an aura of intensity unlike any I've ever encountered. He knows whereof he speaks, at a level so much deeper than most people will ever encounter that it is impossible to ignore him. He is driven from such a fundamental level that it is obvious that he has no agenda other than understanding. Read and learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 1999
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Rather than heap more deserved praise upon Peacock's searingly personal account of his experiences with North America's largest carnivore, I thought it more useful to offer a suggestion for those people wanting more. Rick Bass' _The Lost Grizzlies_ is as close to a sequel as one is likely to find, even featuring Peacock himself in the narrative. (Ed Abbey's truck shows up too!)
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Mr. Peacock is able to grab the reader and subject them to his inner most experiences of war, wilderness and Grizzly Bears. You feel yourself walking and living with him. His prose is powerful, riviting, real, and refreshing.
His personal deliverence is the wilderness and the bears. One can only hope that the Grizzly Hilton will never be discovered by those who wish to exploit it or by waves of tourists who with good intentions will destroy it. Some things in this world are just ment to remain pure.
My final note salutes Mr. Peacock for his military service in a terrible war that nobody wanted but he did his job anyway. I'm glad that his wildersness experiences have made him whole again. Thanks, Doug.
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Doug Peacock drew me into his world with grace. He describes a female Grizzly protecting her cubs from the onslaught of a male rogue Grizzly where just before her neck will be broken by his bite she turns her head away and the rogue stops his attack and walks away. The author picks up on this and uses it to calm another Grizzly in his path. What stories!! Along with the adventure the author is honest enough to show his demons and I ache when it's obvious that he doesn't know how to continue in a relationship with his loved one. Read this book uniterrupted.
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