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.
This book is not only a tale an epic hunt, but the story of a curious mind caught between our modern way of life and our history told in the context of a magnificent beast. You will learn much you don't know but in a way reminiscent of a tale told around a campfire.
Steve is a great writer and even better story teller. The way he weaves hunting ethic in with interesting factoids from history and personal account from his life is wonderful. I enjoyed his book very much.
Steven Rinella is a great author and this is a great book. It would have been better if read by the author himself. The narrator was very capable and read it well but he mispronounced some hunting terminology and that detracted a bit from the otherwise fine presentation.
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