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American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains Hardcover – March 29, 2016
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"In a way both subtle and important, Flores offers an answer to the recent flurry of interest in the Anthropocene, that unofficial recent period of geological and climate history influence by human activity. American Serengeti reveals the significance of placing human contributions and disruptions into a longer historical narrative."—Western Historical Quarterly
"An excellent work of environmental history."—Chronicles of Oklahoma
"Flores provides a sharpened focus with a richly detailed examination of six large species common in the 1840s. His writing is never dull and frequently bites with wit."—Mountain Town News
"A passionate elegy to the American Great Plains and their former fauna. Historian Dan Flores draws deeply from his professional expertise and life as a denizen of this eco-region to create a poetic book that functions as both conservation manifesto and memoir. Writing for a general audience, the author masterfully renders an evocative portrait to elucidate all that has been lost—vast herds of free-ranging antelope and bison, with attendant predators such as wolves, coyotes, and grizzly bears."—Choice
"A fascinating and approachable book that is suitable for students, scholars and nonacademic audiences who enjoy reading about the intersections between natural history and the environmental history of the American West."—H-Net Reviews
“A big and haunting history stuffed with big animals and big ideas that reveals the fragility and resilience of the Great Plains ecosystem over the past 10,000 years.” —Karl Jacoby, author of Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation
"American Serengeti is Dan Flores’s love song to the Great Plains, with each verse a fond embrace of one of its own—grizzlies and bison, pronghorns and coyotes. Beautifully written, it strikes just the right note for those of us drawn to this magnificent part of America. For those yet to know it, this book is a loving invitation to come and see."—Elliott West, author of The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado
“A highly personal book reflecting the vast knowledge of a leading cultural and environmental historian.”—David Dary, author of The Buffalo Book and True Tales of the Prairies and Plains
“Dan Flores has written an engaging and provocative account of ecological change in the Great Plains by tracing the interaction of the large animals and humans in this grassland during the past 13,000 years. This is a book worth reading by anyone interested in the history of the American West.”—R. Douglas Hurt, Head Fellow of the Agricultural History Society, Associate Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies
"As sweeping and expansive as the Great Plains themselves, Dan Flores’s American Serengeti is ‘Big History’ at its best. Personal, passionate, and scholarly, his essays on pronghorns, coyotes, horses, grizzly bears, bison, and wolves give these ancient, durable animals their historical due."—Frank Van Nuys, author of Varmints and Victims: Predator Control in the American West
About the Author
Dan Flores is A. B. Hammond Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana, Missoula. His many books include The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains and Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest.
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