Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land

Wild Idea Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land For than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan O Brien s home Working as a writer and an endangered species biologist he became convinced that returning grass fed free roaming buffa

  • Title: Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land
  • Author: Dan O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780803250963
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan O Brien s home Working as a writer and an endangered species biologist, he became convinced that returning grass fed, free roaming buffalo to the grasslands of the northern plains would return natural balance to the region and reestablish the undulating prairie lost through poor land management and overzFor than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan O Brien s home Working as a writer and an endangered species biologist, he became convinced that returning grass fed, free roaming buffalo to the grasslands of the northern plains would return natural balance to the region and reestablish the undulating prairie lost through poor land management and overzealous farming In 1998 he bought his first buffalo and began the task of converting a little cattle ranch into an ethically run buffalo ranch Wild Idea is a book about how good food choices can influence federal policies and the integrity of our food system, and about the dignity and strength of a legendary American animal It is also a book about people the daughter coming to womanhood in a hard landscape, the friend and ranch hand who suffers great tragedy, the venture capitalist who sees hope and opportunity in a struggling buffalo business, and the husband and wife behind the ranch who struggle daily, wondering if what they are doing will ever be enough to make a difference At its center, Wild Idea is about a family and the people and animals that surround them all trying to build a healthy life in a big, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous land.

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    1. Summary: Dan O'Brien continues the story begun in Buffalo for the Broken Heart, describing the growth of the Wild Idea Buffalo Company, the move to a new ranch, and the challenges of a maturing daughter, an aging friend, and the struggle to build an ethical and ecologically sound business on the ever-challenging Great Plains.In Buffalo for the Broken Heart (reviewed here), Dan O'Brien chronicles the challenges of cattle ranching on the Great Plains and his conversion to raising buffalo, which he [...]

    2. So, if you're only going to read one book about a buffalo ranch in South Dakota…it should actually be O'Brien's transcendent Buffalo For The Broken Heart. But I am here to tell you that this writer and this subject matter are worth two books of your time, minimum.O'Brien is a careful writer, but his care never hides his passion. And if Buffalo For the Broken Heart is for stirring the deep stuff: Land. Work. Self and soul, then Wild Idea is about what builds on that: Marriage. Parenthood. Frien [...]

    3. Dan O'Brien's followup to Buffalo For The Broken Heart, completes (at least for now) a hopeful cycle of his revelation that the Northern Plains can be healed if we understand its constraints of aridity and its unbounded potential as a nursery of life—the interplay of its natural systems, especially the dance of the grazer and grazed. The older book leaves us in suspense as to the how. The newer book introduces the means, in a capitalist economy, of making practical (and risky) choices that con [...]

    4. This personal account of trying to run an ethical, ecological business on the Great Plains is some of the best writing I have encountered in awhile. The interweaving of family, nature, characters, Native American world views and the environment of the American Midwest makes for gripping reading. The author is also capable of a fine turn of phase that at times had me laughing out loud, i.e. "he was a reluctant as a scalded badger" comes to mind. I am going to seek out other books by this author.

    5. Excellent! I was a big fan of O'Brien's Buffalo for the Broken Hearted and this follow up was equally as good. I'm not sure how I missed it when it was first published. Anything about life on or the ecology of the prairie catches my attention. Now I just have to be patient til I can head west again.

    6. This is the sequel to "Buffalo For the Broken Heart" & I loved it even more than the first book, which was fantastic! The writing is so strong, but I especially loved the story about how the business grew & the risks that they took to grow the company. Of course, the 4-legged critters in the book are the star of the show. What a wonderful series this is turning intoother installment, please!

    7. Throughout this exploration of a life and family, Mr. O'Brien retains the clarity of respect and love he expressed for the Great Plains in Buffalo For The Broken Heart. It was in parts bleakly depressing and steadily joyful, and gave me a new perspective on my home.

    8. Excellent book detailing the on going saga of O'Brien and the buffalo. Don't have to have read Buffalo for the Broken Heart first but it helps. O'Brien writes eloquently about the South Dakota plains, buffalo and the environment. Good book.

    9. Ya plein de passages intéressants, l'objectif de la Wild idea est louable, terriblement optimiste. Seulement ya plein de passages beaucoup trop mélo. J'entendais les violons parfois en lisant.Mais bon, je l'ai dévoré donc je peux pas trop cracher dessus non plus.

    10. A great read about the ranching of Buffalo an area that I used go to a lot .learning about buffalo and their genetics is interesting.

    11. Withholding judgement and/or criticism until further thought. I don't want to judgemental based on a past encounter with the author. I believe in what he is doing but

    12. I loved Buffalo for the Broken Heart, and this continues the story. Reading this makes me want to go be a buffalo rancher in Dakotas

    13. Dan writes beautifully and honestly about himself, his family and friends (2- and 4-legged), and the land. Great continuation of the Buffalo for the Broken Heart story, one of my favorite books ever.

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