Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind Review

For millennia, nature's biggest and fiercest predators have tormented mankind. The knowledge and fear of the existence of these ferocious man-eaters is forever in the back of our minds, looming in our worst nightmares. Millions of humans have suffered attacks by predators on land and at sea. Yet animals have always shared the landscape with humans. Since the dawn of time our ecosystems have been linked and humans have co-existed with flesh-eating beasts as members of the same food chain. Now, of course, as humans spread and despoil the planet, these fearsome predators may only survive on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the nature of our own existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above - so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem.

David Quammen's enthralling new book covers the four corners of the globe as he explores the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, saltwater crocodiles in Northern Australia, brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and Siberian tigers. Tracking these great and terrible beasts through the toughest terrain in the world, Quammen is equally intrigued by the traditional relationship between the great predators and the people who live among them, and weaves into his story the fears and myths that have haunted humankind for 3000 years.

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  • Beverly

    It took me a while to read, as it didn't engage my interests in all chapters, but overall it is very well researched and entertaining. The perilous existence of the big animals, namely lions (in India...

  • Steven Walle

    This was a great read about all the predatory animals to man which include the brown bear of Romania, the crocodile of Austrailia, the Tiger of India, and the lion of Affrica. This book explains the p...

  • Spencer

    This book has a misleading title. It is about neither monsters (in the traditional sense of the word) nor God. Instead, it is about what the author calls "alpha" predators - animals that are large eno...

  • Ms.pegasus

    Quammen takes the reader on a tour, both geographical and historical, of the world of the Alpha Predators. The Asian Lion (Panthera leo persica) survives in the Gir Forest of the Kathiabar Peninsula, ...

  • Sam

    Firstly I would like to point out that I picked up this book thinking that it would be about those alpha predators that have captured and continue to capture the imagination of people around the world...

  • Tim Martin

    I really enjoyed this exceptional book on the mythology, culture, history, and biology of man-eaters around the world. Though he primarily focuses on four specific animals - the Asiatic lion in the fo...

  • Jsavett1

    David Quammen is incredibly smart and is a gifted writer. On my "to read" shelf is his most recent book about the origin of global viruses and super-strains.That said, I was a bit disappointed by this...

  • Samantha Koller

    I really enjoyed this book. I think it's a fabulous, approachable book to pick up when you get home from the zoo or natural history museum and want to learn more, without already having a very strong ...

  • Nicky

    I enjoyed Quammen's Spillover more than this book, but that's not to say this wasn't an interesting read too. In a similar way to Spillover, Quammen takes the reader on a tour of the world. He doesn't...

  • Daniel Hecht

    I have read all of Quammen's books and consider this one of his best. As always, he writes accessible to the merely curious reader, the amateur naturalist, and the seeker after the larger arcs of life...