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

Awards:   Winner of Audies (Non-Fiction) 2018
Author:   Nate Blakeslee ,  Mark Bramhall ,  Nate Blakeslee
Publisher:   Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Publication Date:   17 October 2017
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  • Winner of Audies (Non-Fiction) 2018

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Author:   Nate Blakeslee ,  Mark Bramhall ,  Nate Blakeslee
Publisher:   Random House Audio Publishing Group
Imprint:   Random House Audio Publishing Group
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 15.00cm
Weight:   0.227kg
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9780525493273


ISBN 10:   0525493271
Publication Date:   17 October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
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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 American Wolf is a transcendent tale of the American West. I loved the doggedness and depth of the reporting, the texture of the writing. There are echoes of Jack London everywhere. But above all I loved the wolf herself, a character like no other I have ever encountered. --S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man. --Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale and Hag-Seed There are so few wolves in the West that each one can cast a kind of enchantment. This fine book takes one animal, and uses it as a way to understand the vectors that whipsaw the last wild places. It will linger in your mind and heart. --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Radio Free Vermont


[American Wolf] is 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 A transcendent tale of the American West. --S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man. --Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale and Hag-Seed (via Twitter) Engaging... a must read for researchers, citizen scientists, and visitors to Yellowstone, where the story of the wolves continues to evolve. --Science Beautiful, detailed... [American Wolf] centers on the rise, reign, and family life of O-Six, matriarch of the Lamar Canyon pack and so well-known to park visitors that the New York Times gave her an obituary. --Publisher's Weekly (starred) The fight... [over] Yellowstone's wolves is embodied in O-Six's story, told with great immediacy and empathy in a tale that reads like fiction. This one will grab readers and impel them into the heart of the conflict. --Booklist (starred) Utterly compelling.... Blakelsee's masterly use of fiction writing techniques to ratchet up the tension will hook a wide swath of readers. --Library Journal (starred) [A] rich, poignant story of wolf recovery in Yellowstone and its impacts on the surrounding countryside and communities. --National Parks Traveler Nate Blakeslee has achieved the Jack London-like feat of creating a great story whose main character is an animal. --Nicholas Lemann, author of The Big Test and Redemption There are so few wolves in the West that each one can cast a kind of enchantment. This fine book takes one animal, and uses it as a way to understand the vectors that whipsaw the last wild places. It will linger in your mind and heart. --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Radio Free Vermont American Wolf is an intimate and riveting book about America's most iconic and embattled predator.... A wonderful and welcome addition to the pantheon of nature literature. --John Vaillant, author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce A well-rendered story... evenhanded but clearly and rightly on the side of the wolves. --Kirkus Reviews Gorgeously written, and offering stunning insights into both animal and human nature, American Wolf is a masterly feat of science journalism. --Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods As in a great novel, we are swept along in a multi-generational saga involving matters of character, courtship, and shifting social relations. --Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim's Wilderness Heartbreaking front-line coverage of our war on the wild.... Blakeslee hauntingly gives the victims faces, families, and stories. A quietly angry, aching, important book. --Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast A compelling environmental drama of the reintroduction of wolves to the Rockies, as clear-sighted on human politics as it is on wolf politics. --Neil Ansell, author of Deep Country The Game of Thrones story of modern western wolves, [unfolding] in just as riveting a fashion. It is an absolutely mesmerizing read. --Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History American Wolf gives us true profiles of wolf lives lived in their actual families. And when humans get involved, the trajectory of their lives forever changes. --Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel Written with heart, but not sentimentality, American Wolf is nothing less than Shakespearean tragedy played out against the backdrop of our troubled relationship with nature. --J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World 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 American Wolf is a transcendent tale of the American West. I loved the doggedness and depth of the reporting, the texture of the writing. There are echoes of Jack London everywhere. But above all I loved the wolf herself, a character like no other I have ever encountered. --S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man. --Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale and Hag-Seed (via Twitter) In American Wolf, Nate Blakeslee has achieved the Jack London-like feat of creating a great story whose main character is an animal--which is especially impressive because this is a meticulously reported work of nonfiction. Blakeslee creates a memorable picture of a remote and beautiful part of the United States, where the natural world is magnificent but hardly peaceful, politics is ever-present, and the question at hand is which species is the more dangerous predator, wolves or humans. --Nicholas Lemann, author of The Big Test and Redemption There are so few wolves in the West that each one can cast a kind of enchantment. This fine book takes one animal, and uses it as a way to understand the vectors that whipsaw the last wild places. It will linger in your mind and heart. --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Radio Free Vermont American Wolf is an intimate and riveting book about America's most iconic and embattled predator. Blakeslee moves effortlessly between the ancient drama of the wolf pack, and its modern human counterpart, the sometimes-vicious, red state-blue state partisans whose battleground is the fate of the American wolf. A wonderful and welcome addition to the pantheon of nature literature. --John Vaillant, author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce A well-rendered story. . . evenhanded but clearly and rightly on the side of the wolves. --Kirkus Reviews In Nate Blakeslee's riveting, endlessly adventurous narrative, the world of Yellowstone alpha wolf O-Six comes vividly alive and yet remains brutally wild. Gorgeously written, and offering stunning insights into both animal and human nature, American Wolf is a masterly feat of science journalism. --Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods As in a great novel, we are swept along in a multi-generational saga involving matters of character, courtship, and shifting social relations. Except this is a story of wolves and wolf packs, as closely observed through the years by scientists, not nature poets. And in the background, the human fates and furies who control the animals' destiny: hunters and ecologists and fanatics struggling to adapt an ancient mythology of wolf-terror to the modern American West. --Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim's Wilderness Heartbreaking front-line coverage of our war on the wild.... Blakeslee hauntingly gives the victims faces, families and stories. A quietly angry, aching, important book. --Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast A compelling environmental drama of the reintroduction of wolves to the Rockies, as clear-sighted on human politics as it is on wolf politics. As wolf packs battle one another for control of precious territory, unknown to them another battle is taking place, between the wolves' supporters and those who would eradicate them. --Neil Ansell, author of Deep Country Nate Blakeslee's account of the Lamar Valley wolves, based largely on the two decades of meticulous notes kept by Yellowstone wolf watchers, is the Game of Thrones story of modern western wolves, and unfolds in just as riveting a fashion. It is an absolutely mesmerizing read. --Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History Wolves are neither gods nor demons. Real wolves are complex beings with personalities, ambitions, careers, and--thanks to us--more than their fair share of tragedy. American Wolf gives us true profiles of wolf lives lived in their actual families. And when humans get involved, the trajectory of their lives forever changes. --Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel In an extraordinary feat of reportage, Nate Blakeslee brings us the wild's most storied animal as we've never seen it before. Here is the joyful wolf, the heroic wolf, the desperate wolf, the despairing wolf--the wolf as an individual as fully realized as its human allies and enemies. Written with heart, but not sentimentality, American Wolf is nothing less than Shakespearean tragedy played out against the backdrop of our troubled relationship with nature. --J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World 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 American Wolf is a transcendent tale of the American West. I loved the doggedness and depth of the reporting, the texture of the writing. There are echoes of Jack London everywhere. But above all I loved the wolf herself, a character like no other I have ever encountered. --S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man. --Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale and Hag-Seed (via Twitter) In American Wolf, Nate Blakeslee has achieved the Jack London-like feat of creating a great story whose main character is an animal--which is especially impressive because this is a meticulously reported work of nonfiction. Blakeslee creates a memorable picture of a remote and beautiful part of the United States, where the natural world is magnificent but hardly peaceful, politics is ever-present, and the question at hand is which species is the more dangerous predator, wolves or humans. --Nicholas Lemann, author of The Big Test and Redemption There are so few wolves in the West that each one can cast a kind of enchantment. This fine book takes one animal, and uses it as a way to understand the vectors that whipsaw the last wild places. It will linger in your mind and heart. --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Radio Free Vermont American Wolf is an intimate and riveting book about America's most iconic and embattled predator. Blakeslee moves effortlessly between the ancient drama of the wolf pack, and its modern human counterpart, the sometimes-vicious, red state-blue state partisans whose battleground is the fate of the American wolf. A wonderful and welcome addition to the pantheon of nature literature. --John Vaillant, author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce In Nate Blakeslee's riveting, endlessly adventurous narrative, the world of Yellowstone alpha wolf O-Six comes vividly alive and yet remains brutally wild. Gorgeously written, and offering stunning insights into both animal and human nature, American Wolf is a masterly feat of science journalism. --Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods As in a great novel, we are swept along in a multi-generational saga involving matters of character, courtship, and shifting social relations. Except this is a story of wolves and wolf packs, as closely observed through the years by scientists, not nature poets. And in the background, the human fates and furies who control the animals' destiny: hunters and ecologists and fanatics struggling to adapt an ancient mythology of wolf-terror to the modern American West. --Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim's Wilderness Heartbreaking front-line coverage of our war on the wild.... Blakeslee hauntingly gives the victims faces, families and stories. A quietly angry, aching, important book. --Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast A compelling environmental drama of the reintroduction of wolves to the Rockies, as clear-sighted on human politics as it is on wolf politics. As wolf packs battle one another for control of precious territory, unknown to them another battle is taking place, between the wolves' supporters and those who would eradicate them. --Neil Ansell, author of Deep Country Nate Blakeslee's account of the Lamar Valley wolves, based largely on the two decades of meticulous notes kept by Yellowstone wolf watchers, is the Game of Thrones story of modern western wolves, and unfolds in just as riveting a fashion. It is an absolutely mesmerizing read. --Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History Wolves are neither gods nor demons. Real wolves are complex beings with personalities, ambitions, careers, and--thanks to us--more than their fair share of tragedy. American Wolf gives us true profiles of wolf lives lived in their actual families. And when humans get involved, the trajectory of their lives forever changes. --Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel


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