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 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.
Rinella writes a great book with American Buffalo - in search of a lost icon. My favorite book of his yet.
The story is engrossing, exotic and full of history and drama. The author's obsession with his quarry is infectious and his first hand account of hunting these animals is unforgettable.
Only thing that could have made this better is if Steve had read his own work.
(No offense to the voice actor who did read it cause he did a fantastic job, loved the accents and ease with which he tells the story)
Rinella knows Buffalo!
There were some aspects surrounding the history were the facts had been lost with time and Rinella used his best judgement and expertise to fill in the gaps. That's not something I typically enjoy in non-fiction. These parts were minimal and didn't take away from the facts.
As he described the kill and butchering I was sickened; however, after his explanation about being a responsible advocate for the buffalo I felt more like a hypocrite for being a meateater.
I made some initial judgments and had preconceived notions about hunters before reading the book. I was wrong, to Rinella's credit he is not a stereotypical hunter.
All you ever wanted or need to know about the origin of Bison Bison or as its also known the American Bison/Buffalo. Steven makes you feel as though you are standing beside him on his epic Alaska adventure. If you want real hunting watch him in Meat eater..
Rinella, of course
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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