Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Reviews: New Turn in Russian Snowman Research by Igor Burtsev/In Search of Sasquatch by Kelly Milner Halls

The newest book by Igor Burtsev is a follow-up on his colleague Dmitri Bayanov's three excellent books In The Footsteps of the Russian Snowman, America's Bigfoot: Fact, Not Fiction and Bigfoot Research: The Russian Vision, and is really well-done. It profiles the Russian research into the Russian Wildman since the 1950's, spearheaded by the late Dr. Boris Porschnev and Marie Jeanne Koffmann and also by Pyotr Smolin, as well as Burtsev and Bayanov themselves. It also profiles the research done in the United States into the Sasquatch/Bigfoot and how it correlates with the Russian research. We see for the first time Igor's full record of his visit to America in 2004 in Tennessee investigating the Carter Farm alleged happenings, as well as photos of what appeared to be possible markers and intricate tree constructions both in Russia and the U.S. The book concludes with more recent research from 2010 in Russia, where expedition members seemed to find some pretty interesting evidence. On a scale from 1-10, this book gets a pretty solid 8 1/2.


This book by a Spokane, Washington schoolteacher and author is great for kids-of ALL ages!!! It gives us a basic rundown of some past history of sightings, as well as profiling researchers like Paul Graves, Finding Bigfoot's Cliff Barackman, Derek Randles of the Olympic Project, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Bob Gimlin, Tom Yamarone and other researchers. It also looks at modern technologies being used in the search, as well as looking at tree twists and breaks attributed to 'Squatches, along with the famous Patterson/Gimlin Film and Bill Munns' research into it. There is also the language  consideration via R. Scott Nelson. There is also some great color photography, with several pictures from the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up, which Kelly attended. All in all, a short but sweet book, one that I highly recommend, especially since I know about 95% of the  people profiled in the book!!! This one gets a 10 out of 10!!!

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