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Bring ’Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck
“Picture a cross between Clark Gable and that excitable Australian fellow who frolics with alligators on cable TV, and you get something of a picture of Frank Buck.” —San Antonio Express-News. “Fans remember [Buck] as a devoted conservationist—Buck fretted often about the survival of rare species—and intrepid adventurer, whose deeds in Sumatra, Borneo, India and the Philip ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Texas Tech University Press
(first published May 30th 2006)
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It's not that this book is a literary landmark, but it's the rich and interesting life of Frank Buck that makes this book a classic. The story of a man who supplied many of the animals that inhabit zoos in America today is a collection of his most fascinating tales - Indian princes hosting tiger fights, Leopards getting loose on a ship, Man-eating Tigers, and capturing King Cobras with his bare hands are just the beginning. Through it all, he tells each story with wit and details that produce a ...more
Highlights in the career of an American animal collector based out of Singapore in the 1930s. Buck is as much a showman as a 'hunter' of live animals for export back to the States, evident from the colorful and action-packed narrative style. Unfortunate that his other books are out of print.