American Wolf

A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

by Nate Blakeslee

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

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.


Recent Reviews

American Wolf

Diana Iozzia

3.5 Stars

"American Wolf" is a fantastic nonfiction novel about a wolf and her struggle to stay alive, save her pups, and brave against hunters in the Midwest. The narrative is very interesting, and it does not feel like dense, thick…

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American Wolf

shelby jardine

3.5 Stars

3.5 starsI've always been a wolf fan. They are majestic animals and not just because I love reading the porny books featuring wolf shifters. Back in the day my now ex-husband and I heard about a man that bred hybrid wolves. We…

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An intriguing insight into the lives of wolves

Jordan Rose

4 Stars

Wolves are truly amazing animals. I have grown up in a household that has taught me to love and appreciate wolves, largely because my mom is a huge wolf fan and…

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American Wolf Review

Brianna Leckie

4.5 Stars

American Wolf is a riveting and timeless novel following the real life events surrounding culture, national parks, and survival of all types- all from the perspective of a wolf. This thrilling story resounds with those…

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