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.
Huge fan of Steves work, whether it's his television show, his writing, or his podcast.
This book is a great read, covers lots of history, I never knew about, regarding the buffalo and our country alike. Highly recommend this book to all my friends, hunters and non hunters alike!
having first heard Steve Rinella on podcasts I recognized his pattern of speaking and story telling in his writing: always telling a engaging tale, while at the same time playing with in the fair chase of ideas through science - Rinnella runs his questioning mind all over the terrain of what the Bison IS AND what it means to each of separately. An icon, a misunderstood animal, giver of life to the first peoples, the back of a Nickle, an mfer of a tough quarry and an enduring part of our landscape. you will enjoy the story and learn a new appreciation and perhaps respect by time this vivid hunting story winds down. highly recommended!
Its interesting but i struggled to stay focused on the book at points. I had to rewind it a few times. When he got back to the hunt were the best parts. Most of the facts were interesting but there were parts i totally zoned out. After listening again I remembered why I would zone out. Reading facts gets boring.
This book was awesome, another great by Steven Rinella. Talks about his DIY hunt for an American bison and also the history of American bison in North America. I would recommend this book to any fellow Hunter or any American Buffalo lover.
This is more then a story about a guy that gets to kill a buffalo, this is a story about America, about the first people, this is a story about mankind.
Who would of thought I'd be interested in the history of the Buffalo, but Steve Rinella has a way of writing that sucks you in.
I couldn't recommend this book enough.
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