Collected here are true (and tongue in cheek) accounts of alligators and the people who have hunted them, been attacked by them, and tried to save them from extinction. Journey through the Everglades with 1800's Seminoles, experts at stalking and killing gators. Go along with a "Northern girl" as she shoots "my first alligator in my glove and veil." And learn how modern alligator hunters go about their business, which hasn't changed much in the last hundred years or so.
If you like tall tales, you'll love Henry, the alligator-turned-head-waiter who becomes despondent when a pretty New York girl spurns his lovesick advances. Or Algy, the gator who survives a broiling in a furnace by his owners, who happen to think he's already dead and won't mind the heat. Or Two-Toed Tom, who may or may not have even existed, but who was blamed for everything from eating mules to terrorizing women and children.
This book is filled with amusing black-and-white photos and is punctuated by a full-color section of photographs by John Moran, who has managed to capture the true essence of alligators in their natural habitat.
“The book is illustrated with wonderful photographs of alligators...” —Naples Daily News
Ranging from pleas to save the alligator from extinction to alligator attacks to tall tales and folk tales, McCarthy's book provides a variety of approaches to the alligator.” —Isle
Kevin McCarthy is a professor of English at the University of Florida at Gainesville. His other Pineapple Press books include African Americans in Florida, Georgia's Lighthouses and Historic Coastal Sites, and Guide to the University of Florida and Gainesville.
Paperback $12.95 ISBN: 1-56164-158-8 Size: 6 x 9 172 Pages 31 b&w photos 16-page color insert