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The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack (The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone, 2) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 29, 2020
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“Like Thomas McNamee, David Mech, Barry Lopez, and other literary naturalists with an interest in wolf behavior, McIntyre writes with both elegance and flair, making complex biology and ethology a pleasure to read. Fans of wild wolves will eat this one up.”
—Kirkus starred review
“Like Darwin, McIntyre is an inclusionist and is thus able to enter the hearts and minds of wolves, providing us with a consummately rounded picture of their lives. Along the way, he creates a fully realized world that stands whole and sublime alongside our far more troubled human one.”
“A gripping tale of triumph and loss told with an unsurpassed appreciation for the wolves of Yellowstone and the natural world they inhabit.”
—Bernd Heinrich, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont and author of Mind of the Raven
“I’m always eager for the next book by Rick McIntyre. I learn so much fascinating information about wolves and their interactions with each other and with their prey.”
—L. David Mech, author of The Wolf: Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species, now in its 50th year in print
“It is the way [Rick McIntyre] sees wolves—as fellow social beings with stories to share—that makes his books so powerful.”
—Ed Bangs, former US Fish and Wildlife Service wolf recovery coordinator for the Northern Rockies
“This book is a treasure.”
—Douglas W. Smith, PhD, Yellowstone Wolf Project Leader, Yellowstone National Park
“Rick is constantly collecting information—from his own observations and those made by others. He is a researcher to the bone and an amazing witness to the wolves’ incredible stories.”
—Scott Frazier, Crow/Santee, director of Project Indigenous
“In his second book on Yellowstone wolves, Rick McIntyre provides a riveting history about a powerful dynasty, a wolf pack called the Druids. There were palace revolutions, despotic leaders, and interlopers to contend with, overlaying the incredible daily challenge of making a living with just teeth and feet. Life begets life, and this fascinating story is dominated by the overwhelming strength of family bonds, bravery, and benevolence.”
—Rolf Peterson, Michigan Technological University, author of The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance
“Rick brilliantly weaves the dramatic life-story of wolf 21 through the intertwining of his life with the different personalities of his mate wolf 42, their sons and daughters, and members of nearby packs. As a story teller, Rick generates great compassion in the reader - a fitting antidote to the hatred and indifference that still plagues this long-persecuted species.”
—Dr. John and Mary Theberge, wildlife ecologists, wolf biologists and authors
“Wolves are possessed of an ancient and enduring wisdom. This is why old-time Indians used to spend the kind of time watching wolves that Rick has, and for the same reasons—to learn FROM them, not just ABOUT them.”
—John Potter, Anishinaabe wildlife artist
“If ever there was a ‘perfect’ wolf, it was Wolf 21. He lived an outsized life, more like an action hero than a real creature. And no one knew him better than master storyteller Rick McIntyre.”
—Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace
“No wolf's life has ever been laid before us in such detail and with such rich analysis.”
—Norm Bishop, director of the Wolf Recovery Foundation and co-author of Yellowstone's Northern Range: Complexity and Change in a Wildland Ecosystem
Praise for the first book in the Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone series, The Rise of Wolf 8:
An Amazon.com Best Science Book of 2019
“Rick’s book is a goldmine... and clearly shows [wolves] are clever, smart, and emotional beings.”
“[Rick McIntyre’s] greatest strength is the quiet respect and wonder with which he regards his subjects, a quality clearly informed by decades of careful watching.”
“The main attraction of [The Rise of Wolf 8] is the storytelling... including the powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone’s greatest and most famous wolves.”
“McIntyre is a gifted and fluent storyteller... His book will make readers reconsider negative images of the wolf.”
About the Author
RICK MCINTYRE has spent more than fifty years watching wolves in America’s national parks, twenty-five of those years in Yellowstone, where he has accumulated over 100,000 wolf sightings and educated the public about the park’s most famous wolves. He has spoken about the Yellowstone wolves with 60 Minutes, NPR, and CBC, and he is profiled extensively in Nate Blakeslee’s American Wolf and in international publications. He lives in Silver Gate, Montana.
MARC BEKOFF is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
- Lexile measure : 990L
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1771645245
- ISBN-13 : 978-1771645249
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.25 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : Greystone Books; Illustrated edition (September 29, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have never seen a wolf in the wild, only in the AK Zoo. When I walked by the cage of a group of wolves,
one starred at me, I starred back---he/she seemed very sad!
This is the story of wolf 21 and his lifetime love affair with wolf 42. It covers the lives, behaviors, and habits of the Yellowstone wolves and their interactions with family, rival wolf packs, and other animals they encounter.
The author makes you feel as if you are right beside him observing the wolves and their daily lives. I also found him to be very knowledgeable and he passed this on to the reader without becoming scientific.
I will be ordering and reading the first book (the story of wolf 8) and look forward to the end of the trilogy (hopefully about wolf 253). I have also put a visit to Yellowstone on my bucket list.
Unlike most books, I’d suggest reading the last couple of chapters first. These let you know this story ended sadly but well, and just what an exceptional creature you will encounter along the way.
The book follows standard chronological form, with some insights thrown in along the way. I did find it hard keeping track of the “characters” (wolves are given numbers, not names), you may need to bypass some draggy sections common to all narratives, and one or two wolves seemed to get more than their fair share of publicity (including one seemingly useless Romeo). I would also prepare to underline Mr. McIntyre’s life-lessons, because he states them rather matter-of-factly, and they are pretty good. I found his insights compared favorably with patently psychological works, and I plan to use some, too.
The book tells of a lady who sadly wondered why she couldn’t find someone like Wolf 21. That may seem out of style, but I'm also sure there are plenty of Americans who can sadly wonder why we can’t find a leader like Wolf 21.
The book covers the years 2000 - 2004 with fascinating details of the daily life of the wolves, from hunts to adult wolves coaxing puppies into crossing streams with sticks.
The author spent 25 years studying wolves at Yellowstone National Park. His vast knowledge allows him to pass on information about the packs and their dynamics in an easy to understand way. He shares stories of Wolf 21 and his family and interactions with other wolf packs throughout the park.
Anyone who loves nature should read this book. The best book I've read all year!
I received an ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.