No Beast So Fierce : The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History
by Huckelbridge, Dane

Introduction: Unlikely Hunters1(8)
1 The Full Measure of a Tiger
2 The Making of a Man-Eater
3 A Monarch in Exile
4 The Finest of Her Fauna
5 The Hunt Begins
6 Darkness Falls
7 Together, In the Old Way
8 On Hostile Ground
9 An Ambush in the Making
10 A Literal Valley of Death
11 Confronting the Beast
12 A Moment of Silence
13 An Unlikely Savior

"American Sniper meets Jaws: The gripping true account of the Champawat Tiger, the deadliest animal of all time (killer of an astonishing 436 humans), and Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter who brought it down in 1907"-

*Starred Review* Man-eater. Is there any appellation for a beast-indeed, the largest cat, frightening enough as an apex predator-more terrifying? This is the fascinating tale of the Champawat Tiger, the most fearsome and most successful man-eater, with 436 attributed kills, ever to feast upon humans. It is also the story of the forces that created her, a perfect storm of a previous disabling wound, loss of prey species, and degradation of natural habitat. Huckelbridge (The United States of Beer, 2016) further widens the scope to include British colonialism in India and Nepal and how misguided agricultural and forestry practices, combined with rampant sport hunting, created an ecological disaster. Finally, this is also the saga of Jim Corbett, an Irishman well acquainted with the effects of British rule who, as an avid sportsman, took on the hunt for the man-eating tigress. In a concluding irony, Corbett was among the first to call attention to the plummeting tiger population. This multilayered approach to what is, at heart, the account of Corbett's long-term hunt for the famous man-eater elevates Huckelbridge's book above the sensational true tale to stand as a superb work of natural history. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

The tale of a killer tiger in the days of the Raj.In November 2018, authorities reported the killing of a female tiger that had killed at least 13 villagers in the hill country of central India. The problem of killer tigers is growing there, reports continue, because critical habitat and suitable prey are scarce. So it was more than a century ago, when, writes Huckelbridge (The United States of Beer: A Freewheeling History of the All-American Drink, 2016, etc.), a tiger called the "Man-Eater of Champawat" killed a reported 436 people. And not just that; in the author's overwrought formulation, that tiger becomes "a serial killer that was not merely content to kidnap victims at night and dismember their bodies, but also insisted on eating their flesh." Well, yes; it's in the job description of a tiger that can't find a deer to bring down. Intriguingly but somewhat clumsily, Huckelbridge joins the tale of the tiger to the history of colonialism and its extractive economies, wit h deforestation and habitat destruction combining to make of the Champawat tiger "a man-made disaster." Surveying other such killer animals, among them a wolf or feral dog that killed 113 people in France and a Nile crocodile reputed to have killed 300, the author chases down the known facts of the tiger, which had roamed well outside its territory into the foothills of the Himalayas and was hunting the most readily available prey. Its end came at the hands of a game hunter named Jim Corbett, who tracked him down after a long search that turns purple at key moments: "And all at once Jim Corbett understands what's been done to this poor creature, a story written in malice and pain. But the number 436 leaves no room for pity, and twenty feet affords him no chance at escape." Such flourishes are unnecessary given the inherent drama of the story and the nice irony that Corbett would become a leading advocate of tiger conservation. An overwritten narrative that will be of some in t erest to fans of apex predators. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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