History of the Book
The Dead Zoo is a curious book, and it grew from one even more
curious, called Wheres the Rest of Me? This is an autobiography
described as by Ronald Reagan, with Richard G. Hubler which of
course means by Richard G. Hubler, with
The book is full of fascinating things, as are so many political
autobiographies. Being even shorter on self knowledge than the general
run of humanity, politicians innocently betray themselves to the close reader
at every turn.
This is not a matter for great political concern, as close readers are a
statistically insignificant minority among voters. We few, however, learn
from the Reagan-Hubner team that in Rons young life, The rough
reality of disorganized play had gradually invaded my dream world,
supplanting relics and stuffed animals (my idol was the local taxidermist).
This is the kind of odd fact that sticks in your mind, or
anyway in mine. I kept thinking of Reagan and his boyhood idol in that small
Illinois town, and after a while Ronnie turned into a sunny sprite of a
teenage girl and Illinois into upstate New York and the Readers Digest into
MTV and so on until after years of shape-shifting The Dead Zoo emerged as
something else entirely.
I wrote it with little hope that it would find a publisher, and so far it
hasnt. A former editor of mine, Bill Grose, was good enough to read
it in his retirement. He told me it was the creepiest book he ever read,
which is praise worth having considering the sort of stuff he must have come
across during a long career as editor-in-chief of Pocket Books.
Worth having, anyway, if indeed you set out to write a disturbing book. The
Dead Zoo was not meant as comfort food. Lots of things disturb me, and I
write about them to scratch my itch.
Like much of the other material on this site, The Dead Zoo is in PDF
format and requires Acrobat Reader in order to be read on screen or printed.
This software is available free from the adobe.com
site. The first three
chapters are also free, as is the rest of the book. The
chapters may be comfortably read on screen; however the complete book is in
somewhat smaller type. You would do better to download the full manuscript
and print it out as needed. The download takes about two minutes on my 33.6
modem; your mileage may vary.
- IMPORTANT -
Depending on your browser settings, the downloaded book will either show up
in the browsers window or somewhere else--probably your desktop. If it
winds up in your browser window, however, it can disappear when you shut
down. To save it, go to the Adobe toolbar. It has Adobes little red logo
on the left. Click the next icon to the right, the one that looks sort of
like a floppy disk. Then follow directions to save the file.
To download the full manuscript now, click The Dead Zoo.
I would be glad to have your reactions to the book. My email address is below.