The epic story of the American buffalo’s extinction and rebirth, written by the #1 bestselling author of The Revenant.
The Last Stand, directed by Michael Punke, tells the epic story of the American West through the eyes of the American bison and the man who saved these Western icons.
An American buffalo herd that once numbered 30 million animals was reduced to twelve in the last three decades of the nineteenth century. It was the Manifest Destiny era, a Gilded Age in which the West was viewed as a treasure trove of resources to be mined or destroyed.The buffalo was a commodity in this world, pursued by legions of swashbucklers and unemployed veterans looking to make a quick buck. The US Army backed these hide hunters, even buying their ammunition, because the abolition of the buffalo was seen as critical to victory in the ongoing war against Native Americans.
George Bird Grinnell, a young man, rode into that whirlpool. Grinnell would lead the fight to save the buffalo from extinction as a scientist, a journalist, a hunter, and a conservationist. Grinnell and his allies fought in the pages of magazines, Washington’s halls of power, and the frozen valleys of Yellowstone to save an icon from Robber Baron America’s grinding appetite.
From John James Audubon and Buffalo Bill to George Armstrong Custer and Theodore Roosevelt (Grinnell’s friend and ally), Grinnell shared his adventures with some of the greatest and most infamous characters of the American West. The saga of Grinnell and the buffalo was the first national battle over the environment, and it was a strikingly contemporary story.
Last Stand tells the story of the old West’s death and the birth of the new, as well as the true story of how the West was won—through the birth of the conservation movement. It’s also the definitive history of the American buffalo, written by one of the West’s master storytellers.