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American Wolf Audiobook

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

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Publisher's Summary

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ears of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West - between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.

©2017 Nate Blakeslee (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"With American Wolf, Nate Blakeslee gives us a very different sort of biography - the saga of a single female wolf, 'the most famous wolf in the world', and her exploits in Yellowstone National Park. It's a startlingly intimate portrait of the intricate, loving, human-like interrelationships that govern wolves in the wild, as observed in real time by a cadre of dedicated wolf-watchers - in the end, a drama of lupine love, care, and grief." (Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake)

"Wild, poignant, and compelling, American Wolf is an important, beautifully wrought book about animals, about values, and about living on this earth." (Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin)

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