American Buffalo is a narrative tale of that hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo's past, present, and future: to the Bering Strait Land Bridge; to buffalo jumps, where Native Americans ran buffalo over cliffs by the hundreds; even to the Bronx Zoo, where legend has it a depressed buffalo served as the model for the American nickel.
Rinella's erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with history, science, and the natural world. And yet it also tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.
©2008 Steven Rinella; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I did not read the print version, but the audio version was excellent.
The hunt and the history.
Fatastic story of Rinella's hunt for a buffalo in Alaska (he won a permit to do so), interspersed with facts, fiction and musings about the buffalo and their meanings for the prehistoric, native and Euro-Americans who have come into contact with them.
The narration, when speaking in Rinella's voice, is fine - but this is one narrator who should perhaps avoid accents - whether French, German or any other.
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