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Bring 'em back alive (edition 1930)

by Frank Buck, Edward joint author. Anthony

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Title:Bring 'em back alive
Authors:Frank Buck
Other authors:Edward joint author. Anthony
Info:Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Pub. Co. [c1930]
Collections:Removed from collection
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I read this as my freshman year in high school was coming to a close. I felt the account was of much interest. ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 14, 2013 |
A very interesting read by a man who made his living collecting animals for zoos. He was one of those larger-than-life characters, who had married young, won big money in a poker games, traveled to Brazil, found people wanted to buy those animals he collected there, AND managed to bring the animals back alive. Most animal collectors of that time didn't bring them back alive!

In 1929 he lost his money, became director of the San Diego Zoo (for all of three months), and went back to collecting animals. In 1932 he joined up with Edward Anthony and co-wrote this book, Bring 'em back alive. This was a best seller, and established him as an animal expert. Eventually he worked for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and became a star in movies as well.

An interesting book looking into the practices that went on in those days. ( )
  MsMixte | Nov 29, 2012 |
I remember reading this in about 6th grade, and I loved it then. Unfortunately, this one has aged faster than I have! The prose sounds like the narrator on those old Pathé Newsreels that came with the movies in the 30s and 40s. Back then, I read all I could about animals, especially Africa, India, the Jungles of Asia, and Australia. Somehow, this one has lost its luster. Three stars – just for nostalgia.
--Jim, 12/11/07 ( )
  rmckeown | Dec 11, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0896724301, Hardcover)

Timeless classics of adventure and daring for anyone who "likes to sit on the edge of his chair and gasp for breath.—New York Times, 1930 In 1930, the publication of Bring ’em Back Alive, an instant best seller, made its author, Frank Buck, an international celebrity. These animal stories told by the intrepid Texas animal collector and jungle adventurer enraptured generations of boys. Buck spent his life capturing alive every kind of animal, from birds to snakes to elephants. Because there were no tranquilizer darts in those days, he learned to build traps and snares in ways that prevented injury to the animals he caught. Buck always accompanied his animals on shipboard to America to be sure they were well treated, and refused to sell to anyone who did not have an impeccable reputation for animal care. The creator of the Dallas zoo in the 1920s, Buck was a hero ranking with Lindbergh, Ruth, and Dempsey. The dashing and powerful Buck leapt easily from Simon and Schuster’s published pages to the silver screen, portraying himself in Wild Cargo and Fang and Claw. This edition, expanded and edited by Steven Lehrer, captures not only the best of Frank Buck, but also the excitement and glamour of an era and lifestyle that still hold readers spellbound.

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