Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

by Dan O'Brien
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Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
PeterRoeper More than 1 year ago
A well written book about the wonders of the plains and history of how it has been defiled. Further, it is a excellent presentation of the economic relaities of farming and how they are nearly impossible to avoid. Mostly just a pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an eye-opening look at the ecology and economy of the great plains. I loved the blend of factual information, personal narrative and storytelling. It's obvious how much Dan O'Brien loves the land and the buffalo. It's also a great inspirational story as he overcomes so many hardships to accomplish something he truly believes in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An honest an thoughtful view of life on a ranch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. You will not be disappointed.
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AlexandriaNY More than 1 year ago
Whether you are learning to live in harmony with the land or an eco-naturalist, this book journal in an excellent read.
HaidaZ More than 1 year ago
For those folks who live far from the Great Plains, it is difficult to see what those who live here love about it. Dan O'Brien makes this very clear in his book, and makes the work of changing his ranch from low profit cattle to much more valuable buffalo (called Bison, really, in the PLains) seem doable and desirable. I enjoyed this book for his decisions, his life, his friends, his community - all of which he brings truly to life. A friend recommended this a couple of years ago and I finally found time to track it down. I hope he is still in business! I am ready to order some of his range fed buffalo meat and give up on beef entirely.
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Beth350 More than 1 year ago
I was completely fascinated with Dan O'Brien's account of turning his western South Dakota ranch from a cattle operation to buffalo raising. He has an honest and engaging way with words which makes for an interesting memoir. His depth of feeling for the land and the animalx on it were evident throughout.
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It's been at least a year since I've read this book and I'm still recomending it to people. The writer is honest about his subject matter: while he holds the bison in reverence he also speaks freely about it's purpose on his ranch-sale for meat. By transitioning his ranch to buffalo instead of beef, he threads the bison back into the land that this massive, noble beast is so naturally a part of. And he begins to heal the land in the process. This book speaks of ecology, respect, and unconventional farming in a way that will make you pass it on to others as I have long after you have finished reading it. You will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting! I really liked this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if reading a book about a guy who switches from raising cattle to buffalo doesn't sound thrilling, you'll still love this book. This author knows how to write. I couldn't put it down. Made me want to move to the Black Hills & buy a small ranch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I gained a lot of respect for the unique ecology of the Great Plains and a greater appreciation for bison. I was moved by the reverence with which the author addresses both while sharing his incredible story of transition.