The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

the tiger cover image The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

John Vaillant
General Non-Fiction
Vintage
Paperback, 352 pages 
$16.00

Perhaps the only thing more fearsome than a Siberian tiger attack is life itself in the post-Soviet taiga of Russia’s far east. This book covers both in exquisite and frightening detail. The story line – all true and meticulously researched – is basically that a tiger goes rogue, begins to hunt down human pray with a vengeance, and finally is hunted down itself. But there’s more to it than that. There is much about tigers generally, rogue or not. Mysterious and illuminating. There is much about life in the taiga – “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” as Hobbes would say, with the tiger as Leviathan.