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In the last three decades of the 19th century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to 23. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a gilded age that viewed the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up or shot down. Supporting hide hunters was the US Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans.

Into that maelstrom rode young George Bird Grinnell. A scientist and a journalist, a hunter and a conservationist, Grinnell would lead the battle to save the buffalo from extinction. Fighting in the pages of magazines, in Washington's halls of power, and in the frozen valleys of Yellowstone, Grinnell and his allies sought to preserve an icon. Grinnell shared his adventures with some of the greatest and most infamous characters of the American West - from John James Audubon and Buffalo Bill to George Armstrong Custer and Theodore Roosevelt.

Last Stand is a strikingly contemporary story: The saga of Grinnell and the buffalo was the first national battle over the environment. Grinnell's legacy includes the birth of the conservation movement as a potent political force.

©2009 Michael Punke (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Depressing history of American tragedy

If you could sum up Last Stand in three words, what would they be?

Depressing, essential, thorough.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Stand?

The most memorable moments of The Last Stand, in my opinion, are the accounts of the slaughter for commercial and political gain and the accounts of the efforts to protect the Yellowstone bison.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the capture of poacher Howell in Yellowstone.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's difficult to pick one single moment. What I will say is that my nine-year old was moved to tears by the description of the slaughter of the bison.

Any additional comments?

If I could go back, I would not yet let my nine-year old listen to this book. It is incredibly depressing and angering to listen to.

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Great book on Conservation History!

I was able to learn a lot, and able to see the historical gaps that I was taught in school. this book was able to show me all that we were and all we can be.

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One person CAN make a difference!!

What an amazing book and an amazing story that every person who loves America and cares about wild animals should know. Along with Dian Fossey's single-handed determination to save the mountain gorillas, George Bird Grinell clearly devoted much of his life and energy towards saving the bison from extinction..and for that, we all owe him the debt of knowing his name and to some degree his story. Knowing his story gives me hope for species on the brink of extinction today..many of which of few or no one to sound the alarm for their march towards extinction..but we don't need an army to sound the alarm, just a handful, or even one, determined voice that will not stop until they have secured safety for one more wild animal forced to walk the earth alongside humans in our destruction of it.

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Great! Highly recommend

Who knew about this early origin in the conservation movement? Very interesting book and made connection between some people such as Audubon and Marsh that I had no idea about. But you don't have to know about who Othniel Marsh was to really enjoy this book.

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Michael Punke’s best

If you could sum up Last Stand in three words, what would they be?

Buffalo decimation/salvation.

What other book might you compare Last Stand to and why?

Fire and Brimstone by Michael Punke. While the subject matter is different the writing is obviously very similar and compelling.

Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If I had to pick one thing it’d be the several different methods used to hunt the buffalo, especially ones used by the Indians.

Any additional comments?

If you’re a fan of the Wild West or are interested in animal/habitat preservation at all this is an absolutely great listen.