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Books About Giants

Updated on June 4, 2014

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.

Photo of The Giant's House: A Romance (P.S.) courtesy of Amazon.

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

Anna Swan and Her Parents
Anna Swan and Her Parents

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Have You Read Any of These Books About Giants?

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    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      5 years ago

      Just being slightly short can be a challenge. (I know.) It's hard to imagine the difficulties of being extra, extra tall.

    • Kumar P S profile image

      Kumar P S 

      6 years ago

      Nice collection ! Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Wow this is interesting about the World's Tallest Men and Women. I remember seeing something similar on tv.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome collection of books

    • writerkath profile image


      6 years ago

      I havenn't read any of these, but the topic is quite fascinating! I was watching a Tony Robbins video, and he mentioned that he was so tall because of a tumor or something on his pituitary gland... Something benign, but it caused him to grow quite tall. I think he is 6'7" or something like that...


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