Dead Men Do Tell TalesThe Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic AnthropologistAuthor William R. Maples, PhD, Michael BrowningNarrated by Stephen Bel Davies
Stephen Bel Davies narrates the fascinating book Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist. He does a good job pronouning all the words I would have struggled with.Written by forensic anthropologist William R. Maples PhD and Michael Browning, the book is a good introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology. Maples starts with an antecdote of seeing a very simple poem on a headstone. When he looked above to the poem to see the name on the headstone, he was shocked to see it belonged to Bonnie Parker, as in Bonnie and Clyde. It helped him to remember the humanity of all remains he studied, whether victim or perpetrator.
Maples examines the importance of forensic anthropology through a series of antedotes. He has the opportunity to study the remains of several interesting people, including Joseph Merrick (the elephant man), Pizzaro (the Spanish explorer), and Tsar Nicholas II. He also explains how to reconstruct a skeleton from a body bag of small bone fragments. The book is enjoyable and educational.
Thanks to Tantor Audio for giving me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.