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Michael Punke - Author

About the Author

Michael Punke serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served on the White House National Security Council staff and on Capitol Hill. He was formerly the history correspondent for Montana Quarterly and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana. He is the author of Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917, and Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West. His family home is in Montana.

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Die letzten Bisons

Die letzten Bisons

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Er ist mit der Prarie und Kultur der Indianer verbunden wie kaum ein anderes Tier: der Bison. Doch im ausgehenden 19. Jahrhundert ist von den einst 30 Millionen Exemplaren nur noch ein Dutzend ubrig. Denn das Land im Westen gilt als Wunderkammer, reich an Bodenschatzen und kostbaren Tieren, die von weien Abenteurern und Jagern auf der Suche nach ihrem Stuck vom Gluck rucksichtslos ausgebeutet wird. Als schlielich der Naturwissenschaftler und Journalist George Bird Grinnell auf einer Zugreise mit einer Buffelherde kollidiert, steht fur ihn fest, dass er die Ausrottung der stolzen Riesen verhindern muss ... Ein leidenschaftlicher Kampf beginnt, der auch erstmals ins offentliche Bewusstsein ruckt, wie schutzbedurftig Amerikas einzigartige Landschaft ist. Eine packende Geschichte, die aktueller ist denn je und mitten hineinfuhrt in den Wilden Westen.

Fire and Brimstone

Fire and Brimstone

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

The author of the #1New York Timesbestseller,The Revenant--basis for the award-winning motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio--tells the remarkable story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history.The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead.Fire and Brimstonerecounts the remarkable stories of both the men below ground and their families above, focusing on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas. While the disaster is compelling in its own right,Fire and Brimstonealso tells a far broader story striking in its contemporary relevance. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.

Last Stand

Last Stand

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twenty-three. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a gilded age that viewed the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up or shot down. Supporting hide hunters was the U.S. Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans. Into that maelstrom rode young George Bird Grinnell. A scientist and a journalist, a hunter and a conservationist, Grinnell would lead the battle to save the buffalo from extinction. Fighting in the pages of magazines, in Washington's halls of power, and in the frozen valleys of Yellowstone, Grinnell and his allies sought to preserve an icon. Grinnell shared his adventures with some of the greatest and most infamous characters of the American Westfrom John James Audubon and Buffalo Bill to George Armstrong Custer and Theodore Roosevelt.Last Standis a strikingly contemporary story: the saga of Grinnell and the buffalo was the first national battle over the environment. Grinnell's legacy includes the birth of the conservation movement as a potent political force.

Fire and Brimstone

Fire and Brimstone

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2016

From the #1 international bestselling author of The Revenant - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the remarkable true story of the worst mining disaster in American history. In 1917, the lives of a company of miners changed forever when the underground labyrinth of tunnels in which they worked burst into flames. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead.

Last Stand

Last Stand

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2016

From the #1 international bestselling author of THE REVENANT - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the fascinating story of America's first battle over the environment. In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twelve. In an era that treated the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up and shot down, the buffalo was a commodity, hounded by hide hunters seeking to make their fortunes. Supporting them was the US Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans. Into this maelstrom rode young George Bird Grinnell. A scientist and a journalist, a hunter and a conservationist, Grinnell would lead the battle to save the buffalo and preserve an American icon from extinction.

Fire and Brimstone The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

Fire and Brimstone The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

Author: Michael Punke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

From the #1 international bestselling author of The Revenant - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the remarkable true story of the worst mining disaster in American history. In 1917, the lives of a company of miners changed forever when the underground labyrinth of tunnels in which they worked burst into flames. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead.

Last Stand George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

Last Stand George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

Author: Michael Punke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

From the #1 international bestselling author of THE REVENANT - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the fascinating story of America's first battle over the environment. In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twelve. In an era that treated the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up and shot down, the buffalo was a commodity, hounded by hide hunters seeking to make their fortunes. Supporting them was the US Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans. Into this maelstrom rode young George Bird Grinnell. A scientist and a journalist, a hunter and a conservationist, Grinnell would lead the battle to save the buffalo and preserve an American icon from extinction.

Razbunatorul. Legenda lui Hugh Glass

Razbunatorul. Legenda lui Hugh Glass

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2016

Cartea care a inspirat filmul The Revenant: legenda lui Hugh GlassO teribilA poveste despre trA dare."e; - The Washington Post Book WorldSuntem n anul 1823 E i vnA torii de blA nuri ai Companiei Rocky Mountain Fur duc o viaE A brutalA de frontierA . Hugh Glass e unul din cei mai buni oameni ai Companiei, un nenfricat pionier al frontierei, specialist n gA sirea urmelor. Dar o misiune de cercetare l aduce faE A n faE A cu un urs grizzly, care l mutileazA groaznic, iar ceilalE i nu mai sperA ca el sA supravieE uiascA . Doi oameni ai Companiei sunt desemnaE i sA aibA grijA de Glass pnA moare. nsA dupA ce aceE tia l jefuiesc E i-l abandoneazA , pe Glass l E ine n viaE A o singurA dorinE A : rA zbunarea. Cu un curaj E i o hotA rre ieE ite din comun, omul munE ilor parcurge, mai nti trE , sute de kilometri din frontiera americanA neexploratA .Bazat pe fapte reale, RA zbunA torul. Legenda lui Hugh Glass e o poveste remarcabilA despre obsesie, voinE A umanA mpinsA pnA la limite E i despre ct de departe poate duce setea de rA zbunare.RA zbunA torul. Legenda lui Hugh Glass are toate elementele unui roman clasic de aventuri, oferind forE A E i vitalitate poveE tii dramatice a vnA torului Hugh Glass, pe care nici mA car o ursoaicA grizzly nu a reuE it sA -l omoare."e; - Craig Johnson, autorul seriei Walt LongmireUna dintre cele mai impresionante legende despre Vestul SA lbatic."e; - The Salt Like TribuneMormA itul crescu n intensitate, n timp ce ursoaica intra n luminiE . E i E inea ochii negri aE intiE i asupra lui Glass E i capul plecat la pA mnt, n timp ce adulmeca mirosul strA in, un miros care se amesteca acum cu cel al puilor ei. Ursoaica l nfruntA direct, cu trupul rA sucit E i ncordat ca un arc puternic de trA surA . Glass se minunA de muE chii incredibili ai animalului. Picioarele groase din faE A se continuau cu umeri masivi, iar deasupra de tot era cocoaE a argintie care fA cea din ea un grizzly."e;CitiE i cartea care a inspirat celebrul film The Revenant: Legenda lui Hugh Glass.Povestea uluitoare a personajului real Hugh Glass, vnA tor de blA nuri E i pionier al Frontierei Americane.

Revenant - Der Ruckkehrer

Revenant - Der Ruckkehrer

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2015

Montana, zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts: Der Pelztierjager Hugh Glass wird am North Platte River von einem Grizzly angefallen und lebensgefahrlich verletzt. Seine beiden Begleiter geben dem Mann keine groen Uberlebenschancen. Als sie Indianer in der Nahe ihres Lagers sichten, nehmen sie dem Schwerverwundeten Gewehr, Messer und den Rest seiner Ausrustung ab und lassen ihn neben einem bereits ausgehobenen Grab zuruck. Doch wie durch ein Wunder uberlebt Glass - und schwort Rache. Mit einem gebrochenen Bein schleppt er sich durch die endlos weite Prarie auf der Suche nach denen, die ihn so schandlich im Stich gelassen haben.

Revenant

Revenant

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2015

Winner of 3 OSCARS including BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ACTORWinner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best FilmWinner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, and Best DirectorThe novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.Hugh Glass isn't afraid to die. He's done it once already.Rocky Mountains, 1823The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

Revenant

Revenant

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2015

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh GlassThe year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

Fire and Brimstone

Fire and Brimstone

Author: Michael Punke Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2013

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Revenant--basis for the award-winning motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio--tells the remarkable story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history. The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead.Fire and Brimstone recounts the remarkable stories of both the men below ground and their families above, focusing on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, Fire and Brimstone also tells a far broader story striking in its contemporary relevance. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.

Last Stand George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

Last Stand George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

Author: Michael Punke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twenty-three. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a gilded age that viewed the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up or shot down. Supporting hide hunters was the U.S. Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans. Into that maelstrom rode young George Bird Grinnell. A scientist and a journalist, a hunter and a conservationist, Grinnell would lead the battle to save the buffalo from extinction. Fighting in the pages of magazines, in Washington's halls of power, and in the frozen valleys of Yellowstone, Grinnell and his allies sought to preserve an icon. Grinnell shared his adventures with some of the greatest and most infamous characters of the American West-from John James Audubon and Buffalo Bill to George Armstrong Custer and Theodore Roosevelt. Last Stand is a strikingly contemporary story: the saga of Grinnell and the buffalo was the first national battle over the environment. Grinnell's legacy includes the birth of the conservation movement as a potent political force.

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