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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Rinella Narrator: Patrick G Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/17/2014

    " I had a very hard time getting into this book even though it is a subject I am currently fascinated with. Some of the info seemed contradictory to what I've read previously. The butchering of the animal is way to detailed unless you are an experienced hunter with an understanding of the cuts thebauthor describes making There were certainly some intetesting tidbits but overall not engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Will | 1/14/2014

    " This is an awesome story about the history and loss of the plains buffalo as well as the author's experience hunting a buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Krista | 1/11/2014

    " didn't like it. felt like i was on a horrible blind date with a buffalo freak "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bryan D. | 12/3/2013

    " This book is awesome! It has history, personal stories of hunting bison, and much more. Steven Rinella has told his story just like I like to read it. I "

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About the Author

Steven Rinella is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and a correspondent for Outside magazine. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, American Heritage, New York Times, Field & Stream, Men’s Journal, and Salon.com. He grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, and now splits his time between New York City and Anchorage, Alaska.