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

By Nate Blakeslee
Read by Mark Bramhall , with Epilogue read by Nate Blakeslee  

9.22 Hours 10/17/2017 unabridged
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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 ear 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.

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The 2018 Audie Award Winner for Best Narration in Nonfiction

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

An Outside Magazine selection of Best Books of 2017

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 ear 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Mark Bramhall’s gravelly voice is a perfect match for this timeless yet contemporary story of history and progress in the American West, featuring a particularly tenacious wolf known as O-Six…Bramhall’s steady narration moves smoothly from scenes describing wolf behavior to those detailing relevant legal history…Even without names, the wolves become quickly discernible with personalities and traits all their own.” AudioFile
Shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas PrizeAn Outside Magazine Best Book of 2017A Science Friday Best Science Book of 2017
“Seeing a wolf is exceptionally rare, and this book is as close as most readers will come.” New Yorker
Blakeslee crafts a compelling narrative that allows him to explore in a profound and intimate way the cultural, political, social and economic factors that keep the presence of wolves in the West controversial. International Wolf
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) 
“A savory blend of hardcore journalism, biodiversity analysis, weather and terrain reporting and good old-fashioned storytelling... American Wolf is the tale of an extraordinary wolf and those absorbed with her storied life. Shelf Awareness
[A] rich, poignant story of wolf recovery in Yellowstone and its impacts on the surrounding countryside and communities. National Parks Traveler
[American Wolf] is about the compatibility and clash between man and environment, heritage and the future, politics and practice, and seemingly countless nuances that demonstrate the complexity of the West. Idaho Statesman
“An ambitious look through the eyes of an endangered animal.” New York Times Book Review
O-Six is the definition of an alpha—strong, cunning, and a protector through and through. Her life in the wild is constantly challenged by other wolves, cattle ranchers, and hunters. It’s a “cultural clash” that will leave you on the edge of your chair. Departures
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  
“Wild, poignant, and compelling…[a] beautifully wrought book about animals, about values, and about living on this earth.” Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author
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)
“A genuinely human tale told with the energy and verve of a bestselling thriller. A tight, dense narrative, American Wolf races along like a predator on the hunt.” Texas Observer
“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)
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
“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.
“Engaging… a must read for researchers, citizen scientists, and visitors to Yellowstone, where the story of the wolves continues to evolve.” Science
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  
“This vibrant work of nonfiction…goes into the mind—and heart—of a wolf…The remarkable true story of O-Six…as she fights hunters, cattle ranchers, and her own species for survival.” Entertainment Weekly
“A matriarch overthrown in what seems fairly described as a ‘putsch,’ marauding gangs running attacks into neighboring territory, an hours-long standoff with a grizzly, a discarded water bottle—a rarity in the wilderness of a national park—tossed around and protected like a prized new toy. The lives of the wolves in Yellowstone are often dramatic but are full of touching, tender moments too, as Nate Blakeslee vividly writes in American Wolf.” Los Angeles Times
“Reads like a novel…a testament to the genius of Blakeslee’s tautly constructed narrative.” Outside magazine

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Author Bio: Nate Blakeslee

Nate Blakeslee is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. His first book, Tulia, won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. The Washington Post called Tulia one of the most important books about wrongful convictions ever written.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 9.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English