Monday, June 6, 2011

The best thunderbird book I came across

I had a difficult time locating good books to use for sources within Wilson Library. There was a decent amount of literature on general cryptozoology, but not a lot that was specifically focused on thunderbirds. I had better luck checking out Google Books, where I found a digital copy of Thunderbirds: America’s Living Legends of Giant Birds, which was written by authors Mark A. Hall, Loren Coleman and Mark Lee Rollins (Hall, Coleman, L., and Rollins). This is perhaps the most credible book related to cryptozoology that I came across. The entire volume is dedicated to the thunderbird, including chapters on the history of sightings in modern America, native legends of thunderbirds and possible explanations as to what people who have reported sightings are actually seeing. The amount of cited research in each chapter really stands out. The authors include an extensive series of endnotes and cited information from first-hand interviews, newspaper articles, magazines and other literature. It is written from an analytical standpoint with the intention to document what is verifiably know about thunderbirds as well as information on the people who claim to have seen them. This book was incredibly helpful, and was also a great research aide.

If anyone wants to check out an excellent book on cryptozoology, with solid research and careful referencing, search "Thunderbirds: America's Living Legends of Giant Birds," on Google Books.

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