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Publisher's Summary

In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. One of only four hunters that year who succeeded in killing a buffalo, he carried the carcass down a snow-covered mountainside and floated it four miles down a white-water canyon while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Through this experience, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years' worth of buffalo hunters in North America and the place of the buffalo in the American consciousness.

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.

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Driving West

If you love to travel the western and mountain states,and you love your history , this book is a must listen.

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Intriguing, fun, full of information.

I loved this book, near the end it had me on the edge of my seat. I'm bummed it's over.

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anything by Steve is perfect.

guy knows how to hunt and he knows how to write. I own almost all of this works.

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American Buffalo

An amazing, honest, thought natural history of the American Buffalo as a species and it’s life with humans. The most important aspect is it’s honestyIt is totally unafraid to smash the sacred cows have our cultural and historical blindness. It’s truly brave account.

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Great Book

This was a great book that talks about American History, and the importance of Buffalo

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Masterful

A masterful piece, show me a more comprehensive and enthralling reverie of the American bison!

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5 star story 4 star performance

This book is great steve rinella's cocurrent teling of his hunt in Alaska and the a history of the Buffalo seam well together

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  • Quadbk
  • Thief River Falls, MN
  • 03-25-18

Great Hunting Story

I love the story of Steve's hunt for the Buffalo and found it inspiring. Although I wish there was a different narrator. I think Steve would have done a better job narrating the story.

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Surprisingly good

This book was surprisingly good I enjoyed the whole book and never once wanted it to end.

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Educational and entertaining! <br />

A fascinating personal account with historical data to help set the backdrop and give insight into the saga that is the American Buffalo.