There are hundreds of bigfoot books available on the market, many of which are quite good (and many that aren’t). Below are the ones that I deem as either the most important for serious investigators, or offer the best overview of the subject for newer members of the bigfooting community. Please remember that these are only the books that I consider to be “must-reads.” Another page is devoted to other excellent books that would augment any bigfooter’s professional library.
Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science
by Dr. Jeff Meldrum
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the science behind bigfoot. Dr. Meldrum examines the evidence supporting the hypothesis that sasquatches are a species of North American ape. Meldrum’s expertise in foot anatomy is highlighted throughout the book in his discussions about the casts he has personally examined. Other evidence discussed includes sound recordings, Native accounts, dermatoglyphics, and more. This book is not a collection of sightings, but is an overview of the more compelling scientific work that had accumulated on the subject at the time of its publication.
Bigfoot Sasquatch: Evidence
by Dr. Grover Krantz
This book, along with Manlike Monsters on Trial: Early Records and Modern Evidence, was what really set the hook in me in regards to bigfoot. Dr. Grover Krantz was a physical anthropologist who taught at Washington State University at Pullman. In this book, Dr. Krantz lays out his analysis of the best bigfoot evidence available at the time of its publication. Shunning sighting reports, he focuses on the physical evidence available. He details his work on dermatoglyphics, the Cripple Foot casts, and publishes the first detailed analysis of the Patterson/Gimlin Film. A chapter is devoted to other unknown hominoids, as well as the historical record.
Dr. Bindernagel builds a compelling case for the existence of the sasquatch as a species of North American ape. Footprints are discussed as is the possibility that sasquatch sightings are just those of misidentified bears. Of particular interest is the behavioral parallels he illustrates between sasquatches and the other recognized apes. He does this using the data collected by ground-breaking primatologists including Dr. Jane Goodall. A valuable feature of this book is its use of citations that direct the reader to sighting reports of sasquatches that describe the mentioned behaviors.
If you’re looking for a great coffee table book about your favorite hairy biped, this book would certainly be at the top of your shopping list. It is not only packed with excellent color photographs, drawings, and illustrations, but the textual content is superb as well. Most of the more compelling evidence currently available for the sasquatch is featured in a concise, informative manner that usually is contained in just a page or two. Some topics, such as the Patterson/Gimlin Film take up a great many more pages, though. Don’t let the user-friendliness of this book deceive you. It is an excellent resource for both newbies and field-tattered veteran bigfooters alike.
When Roger Met Patty
by William Munns
Bill Munns is by far the world’s number one expert on the famous Patterson/Gimlin Film. Having worked in the special effects industry at the same time the film was made gives Munns special insight into what it would actually involve to pull off a film like this if it was a hoax. When Munns started his investigation, he had no reason to think the film was real. It was through rigorous academic study and scrutinizing scientific experiments that he came to the conclusion that this film shows a 100% real wild sasquatch and not a human in an ape suit. While most of Munns’ work has been published on his excellent website, this book weaves all of that information together with new studies, data, and information about the film. No advocate nor skeptic can call themselves informed on the Patterson/Gimlin Film without a thorough study of this book.
Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America
by Loren Coleman
This is an excellent overview of the history of the bigfoot subject written by one of the best cryptozoological researchers ever in the field. His work is so insightful because he either knows or has interacted with the vast majority of the major players in the field over his decades-long research career. While not particularly focused on the science behind the subject (though a little of that is in there too), there are no better books for telling the tale of bigfooting from the beginning that includes the most important players in the game.
Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us
by John Green
To not be familiar with John Green and his contribution to bigfooting is like not being familiar with Steve Jobs and his contribution to Apple. John Green was in the sasquatch research field before the work “Bigfoot” even existed. He was a journalist who put his professional skills to use in documenting bigfoot encounters. While other bigfooting contemporaries to Green collected eyewitness reports, none came even close to the number of reports collected by John Green himself. The book above is a collection of not only Green’s recollections of the very earliest days of bigfooting, it is a state-by-state collection of eyewitness reports that he collected over the years and during a cross-country road trip with the goal of speaking to witnesses across the country. You cannot be seriously considered as a bigfooter unless you are familiar with Green’s books.