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Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
North America's fastest mammal, the pronghorn, can accelerate explosively from a standing start to a top speed of 60 miles per hour - but it can also cruise at 45 miles per hour for many miles. What accounts for the speed of this extraordinary animal, a denizen of the American outback, and what can be observed of this creature's way of life? And what is it like to be a fie ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Harvard University Press
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The fastest land animal in North America comes to life in this humorous account. I appreciated that this was not dry Natural History, it is part memoir. As someone who lives in Montana I felt right at home as the story of the pronghorn was interwoven and compared and contrasted with all of the other seasonal happenings and more familiar animals.
When I see these little speed demons now I am both awed and amused by their antics.
This is an excellent little book about the author's experience of the Montana prairie. His lyrical description of more than pronghorn -- birds (especially); bison; others -- helps bring the prairie alive in time and place far more than if he had focused only on the antelope. It is beautifully written for a nonscientist.
Approachable natural history account about pronghorn. Not as splendid as Rick Bass makes it out to be in the introduction, but well done. Re-piqued my interest in the bison range as well. This book would have been made stronger through references and incorporation of other's pronghorn studies.
Perhaps more than I wanted to know about pronghorn, but it's still interesting if you like this kind of popularly written wildlife reseach.
Kind of a field memoir. The last paragraph or so was about bison... kind of weird for a book about pronghorn.
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