I love stories -- histories, fiction -- about the settlement of the American west. Favorites? Oh, I have several, but a few are ...
- The Big Sky
- Son of the Morning Star
- Little Big Man
- Lonesome Dove
- Gone to Texas
... and so I was intrigued when I was asked to review ...
AMERICAN BUFFALO: In Search of a Lost Icon
By Steven Rinella
288 pp. Spiegel and Grau $24.95
... for The Internet Review of Books.
It might be a difficult read for the squeamish ...
"In Kansas, bone pickers accumulated a pile of bones along the Santa Fe Railroad that was ten feet high, twenty feet wide, and a quarter mile long. By 1890, even the bones were scarce."
... and because Rinella narrates his own hunt for and kill of a buffalo from an Alaskan herd, but the book is scholarly, thorough, and accessible.