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Guest John Vaillant

Brad Pitt's production company bought the movie rights. Canada Reads 2012 will debate this book. And if you read this - be warned: you'll never look at tigers the same way. BC-based journalist and author John Vaillant has written a powerful, chilling story about the clash between humans and animals.

His book, 'The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival' tells the amazing story of a rare Siberian tiger who deliberately stalked and killed a poacher who had harmed him earlier - shredding the man, his dog and his property to gruesome little bits. Back in 1997, the fall of communism had left many hunters and villagers in Russia's Far East desperately poor, and some had taken to illegally poaching tigers to make ends meet. So who's the victim in this story - the tiger or the hunter?

John has written extensively about our conflicted relationship with the natural world: in his first award-winning book, 'The Golden Spruce', he questioned whether the damage we inflict on nature can ever be justified. And now with 'The Tiger' John poses more questions: in the battle between man and nature - who wins?

And with the world's tiger population down more than 90 per cent over the last 100 years... do these magnificent creatures stand a fighting chance? 'The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival' is one of five books chosen for CBC's annual literary face-off, Canada Reads, and the live debates begin Feb.6th.

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