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About 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 nonfiction prize, 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. Blakeslee lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.
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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.
In the summer of 1999, in the tiny west Texas town of Tulia, thirty-nine people, almost all of them black, were arrested and charged with dealing powdered cocaine. At trial, the prosecution relied almost solely on the uncorroborated, and contradictory, testimony of one police officer. Despite the flimsiness of the evidence against them, virtually all of the defendants were convicted and given sentences as high as ninety-nine years.
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas prize for excellence in nonfiction, Tulia is the story of this town, the bust, the trials, and the heroic legal battle that ultimately led to the reversal of the convictions. But the story is much bigger than the tale of just one bust. As Tulia makes clear, these events are the latest chapter in a story with themes as old as the country itself. It is a gripping, marvelously well-told tale about injustice, race, poverty, hysteria, and desperation in rural America.
Der Yellowstone-Nationalpark ist ein Paradies für Wölfe – und das Mekka all jener, die sie beobachten und verstehen wollen. Hier lassen sich die Raubtiere so gut studieren wie nirgends sonst auf der Welt. Nate Blakeslee porträtiert in seinem packenden Buch eine außergewöhnliche Fähe, die sich dank ihrer Schlauheit und Ausdauer, ihres Durchsetzungsvermögens und entbehrungsreichen Kämpfens für ihre Nachkommen zur Leitwölfin des Lamar-Valley-Rudels entwickelte – „O-Six“, benannt nach ihrem Geburtsjahr 2006. Tragischerweise schützte ihr legendärer Ruf O-Six nicht davor, von einem Jäger knapp außerhalb des Schutzgebiets erlegt zu werden.
Eine minutiös recherchierte Betrachtung nicht nur des sagenhaften Wesens Wolf, sondern auch unserer Zerrissenheit angesichts dieses Tiers, das wie kaum ein anderes unsere Obsession mit und Urängste vor der Wildheit der Natur hervorbringt.