This riveting memoir by Jim Cole relates his amazing survival and recovery from not one but two attacks by grizzly bears. Cole walked away from a lucrative real estate business to follow his passion–studying the great bears. In Blindsided, he relates not only the stories of his attacks but also his fascination with bears, and tells of his miles (thousands!!) hiking and following grizzlies throughout their habitat to observe, photograph and document their behavior. His account of his survival and recovery after his second attack is inspiring, as is his continued love and respect for the animals he studies and to which he has dedicated his life. As he writes “The bottom line is that grizzly bears–and every powerful creature, from the bison to the wolf–should be treated with a mixture of awe, admiration and reverence.” Whether Cole’s actions in his study of the grizzly venture into the foolhardy are unclear, but what is clear is his love for the bear and his commitment to study and learn about their behavior, in the hopes that this intelligent mammal does not vanish from our wilderness.