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Dan Flores’s Coyote America reviewed in the Chicago Tribune

“Coyotes have a legendary appeal in North America, from the folklore tales of indigenous tribes to everyone’s favorite ‘Super Genius,’ Wile E. Coyote. In Coyote America, Flores does more than just shed light on the legend; he explores 5 million years of biological history that lead up to the evolution of the modern coyote (Canis latrans) and details the unique versatility of an animal that has continued to thrive despite human campaigns of annihilation.”

A playlist by John Quincy Adams author James Traub in the Wall Street Journal

“In the summer of 1966, I was 11 and on a camping trip in the wilds of Maine. One evening, after we pulled our canoes out of the Moose River, eight of us helped three counselors pitch tents and build a campfire. On the banks of the Moose, I first heard ‘The Seine.’”

An essay by The Gunning of America author Pamela Haag on Time.com

“After the Orlando shooting, many Americans are questioning why assault-style weapons are commercially available in the United States. ‘Assault weapon’ is a political phrase, not a technical one. It refers broadly to rapid-firing semiautomatic weapons, appropriate to military use. While the phrase is a new one, the porousness between military and commercial gun markets is not. In fact, it’s one of the oldest features of America’s gun culture. Some of the most iconic, notorious guns in American civilian life were first envisioned by their manufacturers as weapons of war.”


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