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Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions by John Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

Rating Now: 10/10 Max Rating: 10/10* Summary Native American wisdom and traditions are rarely found in books. Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions is one of the few, which is a memoir and cultural anthology wrapped in one. This is by far one of the top 3 most influential books in my understanding, love of, and devotion to indigenous spiritual beliefs. Humor is a novel instrument,…

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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Rating Now: 10/10 Max Rating: 10/10* Summary In the mid-1990s in the midst of Perestroika, an Amur tiger kills multiple humans in the Russian Far East. The incident alarms locals, but investigative tiger protection units analyze and uncover the truth about this tiger: it’s becoming smarter, more human-like, and more deadly. The author, John Vaillant, is now one of my favorite authors. He does an…

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The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen

Rating Now: 10/10 Max Rating: 10/10* Summary To rise from a lowly immigrant Jew to the puppet master of central American governments is an amazing rise and the subject of The Fish That Ate the Whale. Rich Cohen weaves a fantastic narrative of Sam Zemurray, who started in the banana business by selling the products that most companies were throwing away (ripe bananas). As he…

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Hunter vs Vegan

I am as guilty as anyone of pitting hunters (or meat eaters generally) against vegans. When I’m pushed too far, I feel heat on my body, a sense of indignation, and righteousness. I maintain my composure most times, but occasionally I become irate. In my frustration comes a classic response of arrogance and condescension. I intellectualize my way to a superior position. I’m human like…

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Coyote America by Dan Flores

Rating Now: 10/10 Max Rating: 10/10 Summary The Native American people who lived on the continent before European discovery had a close relationship with coyote considering them to be more intelligent than humans. One indigenous saying posits “the only thing smarter than a coyote is god“. It should be no surprise that if native Americans revered coyote, Anglo-Americans revile them. For decades, coyote have been…

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Rating Now: 9/10 Max Rating: 9/10 Summary There are few presidents that stand out like Theodore Roosevelt. If Mount Rushmore is to be believed, he is among the top four the United States has ever seen (along the likes of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson). To anyone who values the outdoors and the conservationist ethic of the current United States, Theodore Roosevelt was…

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Molokai Hunting – After Action Report

Hunt dates: May 2019 Summary: Hunting in Molokai, Hawaii was by far one of the most fun hunting experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The hunt was dominated by a new form of hunting to me: herd hunting. The population of Axis deer on Molokai is estimated at 20,000 while the human population is only 7,000. I didn’t understand how thick and densely populated…

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Kauai Hunting – After Action Report

Hunt dates: May 2019 Summary: Hunting on Kauai, Hawaii was a rewarding, serendipitous experience on public land that I was not expecting to have. I traveled to Kauai with my girlfriend to visit the sites, but I brought my bow and Hawaii hunting license for my Molokai hunting trip afterwards. I found out from a local at Waimea Canyon that hunting was still allowed and…

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Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Rating Now: 8/10 Max Rating: 10/10* Summary Cal Newport’s book Deep Work was magnificent. When I saw he came out with another book I judged he probably didn’t have much else to say on the topic and it wouldn’t be worth reading the new volume called Digital Minimalism. However, at the behest of my friends Zach Obront and Michael Cazayoux, I purchased the book and…

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