The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears

Nick Jans


The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears

The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears

  • Title: The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears
  • Author: Nick Jans
  • ISBN: 9780452287358
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback



With a new introduction on Werner Herzog s film entitled The Grizzly Man Timothy Treadwell, self styled bear whisperer dared to live among the grizzlies, seeking to overturn the perception of them as dangerously aggressive animals When he and his girlfriend were mauled in October 2003, it created a media sensation.In The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, a seasoned outdoor writeWith a new introduction on Werner Herzog s film entitled The Grizzly Man Timothy Treadwell, self styled bear whisperer dared to live among the grizzlies, seeking to overturn the perception of them as dangerously aggressive animals When he and his girlfriend were mauled in October 2003, it created a media sensation.In The Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans, a seasoned outdoor writer with a quarter century of experience writing about Alaska and bears, traces Treadwell s rise from unknown waiter in California to celebrity, providing a moving portrait of the man whose controversial ideas and behavior earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of animal lovers and the skepticism of naturalists BACKCOVER Intensely imagistic, artfully controlled prose behind the building tension of Treadwell s path to oblivion, a stunning landscape looms Newsday


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I read this after seeing the Grizzly Man movie, which I enjoyed for its low-key bizzareness, and I enjoyed this book so much more than the movie.Nick Jans does his best to illuminate the Timothy Treadwell story by providing as much context as possible, including interviews with those who knew and loved him, as well as those who knew and despised him. Jans is also an Alaskan nature writer by trade, and it shows in his details and intimacy with the landscape, and especially about the bears he writ [...]

Timothy Treadwell and his friend (or girlfriend - I think it depends on who you ask) were mauled to death by bears in Alaska in 2003. It seems that there are two, and only two, camps of thought when it comes to Treadwell: most people appear to believe that he got what he deserved, while a much smaller group seems to think that Treadwell was some environmental hero.Nick Jans is outside of both of those camps; he really does an excellent job of trying to remain balanced. I always kind of cringe a [...]

The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession With Alaskan Bears by Nick Jans (Plume Books 2005)(599.764) demonstrates quite clearly that Tim Treadwell was crazy. It is also the best of the books about Treadwell. Here’s a great and very long excerpt from the book: “ Marc Davis is angry.  Furious might be more accurate.  I'd been working down a list of phone interviews a few days after Tim Treadwell's death - Park Service officials, Alaska State Troopers, and bear biologists, an [...]

This was a very insightful book often Timothy Treadwell story. I was impressed by the detail, especially about the scene of investigation. There is much greater detail into the actual attack than the film "Grizzly Man" offers. My favorite part is where the author's friend Joel Bennett comes in. This man presents a side of Timothy that the media decides to ignore. "When all is said and done, Timothy Treadwell will be remembered by those who knew him as caring for the future of bears. At least he [...]

An interesting look at the man behind Grizzly Diaries. Treadwell and Huguenard's deaths must have been horrific and agonizing, and are certainly haunting to anyone who takes the time to really think about them. I would not wish such a horrible experience on anyone. That said, Treadwell should have seen it come because so many others did. He claimed to want to protect bears, yet he put them in danger by making them accustomed to his human presence. He wanted to "save" these bears, but his selfish [...]

Meh. Pretty much a case of too much information. I kept thinking the book should be over about now; the story's been told; what more could there been I'd check the progress bar and I'd only be, say, 64% done. A book has to be really, really bad for me to put down without finishing, so I stayed the course and kept with it anyway. I'm a very fast reader; typically I'll tear right through a book. This one took me forever to finish, though, because my kids kept stealing my iPad to play Minecraft. Us [...]

Timothy Treadwell (born Timothy Dexter) is the subject of this book and he is a very complicated individual. A self-styled "bear expert" he learns about grizzlies through trial and error, not by formal education, and eventually becomes a television bear celebrity. From the very beginning the reader is told that Timothy Treadwell meets his end by being attacked and eaten. Many bear scholars are amazed that he survived for so many years. The author does a thorough job presenting the pros and cons [...]

A very bad use of my £8! This book is actually really bad, without many redeeming features. It's based on a series of interviews and a collection of opinions gathered right after Treadwell's death, but it doesn't really give any information you cant find out in seconds on the internet. It reads very much like someone trying to make a quick buck after the death of a celebrity. Overall this is FAR FAR from any sort of biography, it cruises straight over his life and death with no detail whatsoeve [...]

For reasons I have yet to pinpoint, I am fascinated with Treadwell. His life, his personality, the apparent dichotomy within him, the personal Treadwell, the private Treadwell and the way he reinvented himself. Oh yeah, and and all of those BEARS. With zero experience, zero training, and zero education in the field, he decided it was his destiny to spend months every year living in a tent amidst grizzly bears, studying them, protecting them, and taking some of the most incredible footage ever sh [...]

In October of 2003 Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard were mauled and killed by a bear in Alaska's Katmai National Park. The first half of the book is about Timothy and his obsession with the bears. Very little about Amie, just a mention here and there. The second half of the book is about myths and statistics of a bear killing or harming humans. The whole book touches on activist and researchers alike on what happen that day. A audiotape in the only living witness to the horrific day and even [...]

Good read, interesting, very educational when it comes to bears and their habits. I find I'm much more sympathetic to Timothy Treadwell and the fact that he went 13 years without an incident before his death. Parts of it dragged, though - the whole "how do we identify with bears and what do they mean to us" chapter was a real snore. The rest was interesting and while I can't say I loved it, I'd recommend it to anyone who saw the documentary and wanted to get a very even handed look at what Tread [...]

I enjoyed parts of this book for the fascinating information about the lives and nature of brown bears. Some of the information was highly informative and increased my appreciation for their intricate ursine society. However, in spite of the author's attempts to convince his readers otherwise, I found Timothy Treadwell to be a selfish, theatrical, dishonest individual who was willing to lie for personal gain and sacrifice the safety of other people in order to satisfy his own agenda. Due to the [...]

This is definitely my favorite book about Alaska so far. It was exceptionally written with such great detail that will immerse you into the beautiful and sometimes horrific situations in the Alaskan wilderness.

After seeing "Grizzly Man," I wanted to know more about this unusual man who was determined to live among the grizzlies. Very bizarre choices he made!

THE BEAR BIBLEMy review is here: billdahl/articles/the-Epistemology is defined as "the study of the nature of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity." ( I stole that definition off the web). Translation: Epistemology is the study of the process and context regarding "how we come/came to know what we claim/claimed to know." Epistemological inquiries are multi-dimensional. These dimensions include - but are not limited to - time, people, places, myths, beliefs, literature, [...]

A pretty fair look at Treadwell and his bear con. I just wish the author would stop breathlessly pointing out how "brave" Treadwell was. He constantly mentions his cojones or balls or courage as if he was some sort of extreme sports star and the stupid things he did, that got two of the bears he supposedly loved killed, should be admired.

"This was the place where Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard had died just five days before – attacked, mauled, and eaten outside of their tents during a violent rainstorm."Killed and eaten by bears it must be on everyone’s list of “worst ways to die.”Sadly, on October 5, 2003, Timothy Treadwell and his female companion Amie Huguenard came to just such an end while camping in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. More disturbingly, audio of the attack was captured on the couple’s video ca [...]

Mixed messagesReading and writing about Treadwell brings out the worst in people, there always seems to be some argument going on -- even if it's only in the writer or reader's head. Since Treadwell was killed and (mostly) eaten by a bear, and the choices he made in getting too close to the animals played no small part in his demise, there seems little enough to argue about. It's best for people and bears to maintain safe (respectful?) distance from each other, the burden falling mostly on the h [...]

I became interested in this story after seeing "Grizzly Man," a documentary, on The Discovery Channel. This was an decent book chronicling the life and death of Timothy Treadwell in a horrific grizzly bear attack that ultimately resulted in the deaths of two people and two bears. The author journalistically explores the incident and the events that led to it, through on-location research and extensive interviews. Timothy was a man who lived on the edge, and after 13 years of exposing himself to [...]

This book proved to be a very pleasant surprise. Nick Jans engages with the much-publicized story of Timothy Treadwell in a personal, honest, and complex way, seeking to neither glorify nor ridicule him. Treadwell comes across as complex, contradictory, and controversial, as it seems he was. He was passionate about bears but also foolhardy and endangered the very creatures he loved so much. Jans provides some interesting details about Treadwell's several attempts to re-invent himself, until the [...]

I'm going to have to put this one down half way, review it, and consider it read. This is really, really interesting stuff, and well written, too, but the description of the tragic death of Treadwell and his girlfriend are just overwhelming me. It's definitely not a "before bed" kind of read. In fact, the last time I picked it up, it was more like a "before bed and then not sleep until about 5 am, even after trying to read something else and watch some TV" kind of read. All the same, what a fasc [...]

It's important to note that if you go into reading this book without seeing the movie Grizzly Man, I would imagine that it would be confusing. As it happens, I saw Grizzly Man this past spring, and this book is all about Timothy Treadwell, his interactions with bears, and other people's perspectives on this.What this book does is to interview people about what happened with Timothy Treadwell and talk about the way he interacted with Alaskan Bears. It talks about why Treadwell stands out from oth [...]

I bought this book on a whim and it sat on my shelf for 2 years before I read it. And then I read it because it was the book at the top of the book-box when I moved into a new house and hadn't unpacked yet. That confessed, once I did read it, I got into it. It took a little while - 20 pages or so - but the author's description of Treadwell's life and history was, to me, very interesting. Even more interesting, though, is the thorough review of bears, bear attack statistics, and ongoing bear rese [...]

A much saner, lucid account of the Treadwell story. It finally dawned on me that neither author actually heard the infamous audio tape. The verbatims differ slightly where they should not differ at all. Neither admits to not hearing the tape first hand, either.I do want to note that in the matter of WHY the camera was turned on, allegedly Treadwell had a line on an enormous financial payoff if he could produce footage of an attacking bear. This would not only explain the camera, it also explains [...]

This book tells of Timothy Treadwell's very spotted career and life as a modern-day 'hero'. Quite often, people start advocating and publicizing things and events for their own reasons. Such a one was Timothy Treadwell. His love of 'his' Grizzly bears was the core of his existence. But, as is detailed in the book in hand: 1. His assertion that he was 'protecting the bears from poachers' was false. 2. His assertion that he was protecting the bears from human interference was false. He was a major [...]

This book caught my eye because I loved the documentary "Grizzly Man" by the great Werner Herzog and Treadwell's story is rather fascinating. Jans refers to his "intertwining capacity for greatness and folly", and after having seen the movie and read the book, I would say that the scale tips toward folly.ke to 98% or so. Definitely a different vibe to the book versus the movie; the book's tone is more understanding and I enjoyed the distinct views.My only quarrel with the book is the amount of t [...]

Jans offers a fair portrayal of a complex man and his tragic death. He introduces Treadwell, separates fact from fiction on several accounts, and introduces a whole cast of characters--Treadwell's friends, a few enemies, and several others who had an opinion on who he was and what he was doing. As you might expect, also delves into some natural history on bears, and their relation to man. Leaves us with more questions than answers, but perhaps that is inevitable, given the way Treadwell's life e [...]

I recently ranted about Treadwell in my journal after seeing Herzog's film Grizzly Man. I thought that this book would piss me off even more. Well, I was wrong. This is a more sympathetic view on Treadwell that is very well written. It doesn't absolve Treadwell of his actions but tries to explain his motives and how his path brought him to Alaska. The author recounts the discovery of the bodies of Treadwell and Huguenard and the aftermath. He interviews people who despised Treadwell and those wh [...]

The cover originally caught my eye as I was browsing but I was drawn back to it in hopes of learning more about this bear from "underneath my bed". It is more than a recount of Treadwell's last moments or a judgement of the choices he made which lead to his and Amie's deaths. Jans offers interpretations of the evidence, first person interview information from several of the park and law enforcement personnel involved in the original rescue attempt. I may have been looking for THE answer of what [...]

I've finally finished thee book and WOW, it is good. At first we learn about tim's history, how he went to college for swimmin and injures his back. Then he turns to drugs and messes his life up for a while. Later on we finally learn about the grizzly maze and More about Tim tredwell. This book is just so interestinig. How he gives the bears names and plays with them, swims with them and looks out for them, or so he thouoght. Then one day Tim and his girlfriend are killed by a grizzly. There was [...]


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