Books About Giants
Books About the World's Tallest Men and Women
These days we don't have giants. But we have books about giants.
Medical advances have found the cause of gigantism (usually an overactive pituitary gland) which caused people to grow to extraordinary heights. Now drugs can curtail the growth.
The myriad other health problems that these people endured made life a literal uphill challenge.
How Tall is a Giant?
Gigantism, also known as giantism, causes people
to grow to between 7 and 9 feet tall.
~ Source: Gigantism on Wikipedia
Novels About Giants
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County - by Tiffany Baker
This novel is empowering. Big things come from a giant in a small town.
The Girl Giant - by Kristen den Hartog
A novel that lets us peek into what it's like to be a big, tall girl.
The Giant's House - by Elizabeth McCracken
I loved this book. Elizabeth McCracken's writing is fine and her story subtle and unique.
The Giant O'Brien - by Hilary Mantel
Nonfiction Books About Giants
Robert Wadlow was the World's Tallest Man at 8 feet 11.1 inches.
Robert Wadlow, The Gentle Giant - The World's Tallest Man
Robert Pershing Wadlow was born February 22, 1918 in Alton, Illinois. He grew to be 8 feet 11.1 inches tall before his death at age 22 in July 1940. He weighed 439 pounds at his death.
The cause of his growth was hypertrophy of his pituitary gland. This condition causes extremely high levels of human growth hormone. There are now drugs that can control the pituitary gland.
Eddie Carmel, The Jewish Giant
Eddie Carmel was born March 16, 1936 in Tel Aviv. He immigrated to New York with his parents. He was billed as an entertainer as being 8 feet 9 inches tall, but it is believed he actually may have been 7 feet 6-3/4 inches tall. Carmel died August 14, 1972 at age 36.
Photographer Diane Arbus made Eddie Carmel famous with her photograph of Eddie Carmel in his parents' living room. The photograph shows him looking down at his parents who are looking up at him.
Source: Eddie Carmel on Wikipedia
Eddie Carmel appeared in the 1962 film The Brain That Wouldn't Die and the 1963 film 50,000 B.C. (Before Clothing). He also worked in carnival sideshows.
Anna Swan and Her Parents
Read More About Tall People
- Anna Haining Bates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Anna Haining Batesm born Anna Haining Swan (August 6, 1846 - August 5, 1888), was a Canadian from Mill Brook, New Annan, (near present-day Tatamagouche), Colchester County, Nova Scotia, famed for her great height, believed to be 2.27 m (7' 5Â½") at t
- List of tallest people - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of tallest people.
- List of humans with gigantism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of humans with gigantism -- This is an incomplete list of notable people who have or had a form of gigantism.
- "THE JEWISH GIANT" PROFILES THE SHORT LIFE OF A VERY TALL MAN WHO BECAME A SIDESHOW STAR
From September 1999: "THE JEWISH GIANT" PROFILES THE SHORT LIFE OF A VERY TALL MAN WHO BECAME A SIDESHOW STAR WASHINGTON, DC - On October 6, NPR's evening newsmagazine All Things Considered presents "The Jewish Giant," a 20-minute audio documentary a
- Eddie Carmel - The Jewish Giant
Eddie Carmel -- Jewish Giant, taken at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970, Diane Arbus. Eddie Carmel (March 16, 1936 – August 14, 1972) was an entertainer with gigantism and subsequent acromegaly resulting from a pituitary adenoma
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