Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Night of the Grizzlies

Author: Jack Olsen
Stars: 3
Review by: Jambob

This summer I visited the spectacular Glacier National Park in Montana. This park has the breathtaking "Going to the Sun Road"  which is the opening scene in The Shining. In 1967 there was  a terrible double tragedy that occurred on the very same night. Two teenage girls were mauled and killed by grizzly bears. This book is no literary masterpiece. In fact there were times I felt the dialogue unbelievable, but it does adequately describe a terrifying night and the events that led up to it. This is a nonfiction book outlining the way a National Park operated so carelessly prior to these attacks. The almost "tripping over themselves" way they needed to address the fatalities was pitiful. If you love visiting our national treasures and hiking through any wilderness I recommend reading this book. It does leave you with a sobering respect for wildlife and distrust of official competence where your safety is concerned. You are ultimately responsible so take precautions seriously when entering any wilderness!

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