The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (John Vaillant book)


Published 2022-03-15.

A tad longer than it needed to be, but otherwise a very well-told story about the hunt for a man-eating Siberian tiger in the late 1990s. Vaillant’s writing style is so vivid that at times reading this book felt like watching a movie. He conveys how powerful and intelligent a creature the tiger is—indeed, how powerful and intelligent it has to be in order to live the way it does, as a solo hunter in the taiga.

One part that really stood out to me was when Vaillant pointed out that for a prey animal to survive, all it really needs to do is position itself anywhere other than where its predator is, whereas for a predator to survive, it must regularly engineer situations where it can be exactly where its prey is, otherwise it will starve.


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