Book: Wolves | Western Warriors

Some people spend lifetimes without seeing a wolf. Others spend most of their days living amongst them. Photographer Julie Argyle is an example of the latter, and her book Wolves: Western Warriors (Gibbs Smith, $50) illustrates it to a tee. Argyle’s coffee-table compilation is filled with over 200 pages of stunning imagery and descriptive passages documenting the history and current status of the North American wolf. The collection consists of numerous wildlife photos, as well as landscape shots of Yellowstone National Park. In these pages, Argyle makes the argument that wolves are the most misunderstood species of our time; that they are more similar to humans than any other animal. While she includes a couple hyperbolic generalizations about public perception, her case is compelling nonetheless. Combining striking photography with science-based information, Argyle breaks down wolf behavior, pack dynamics, and individual characteristics. This book is more than an assemblage of photos of one of the most iconic animals in the Greater Yellowstone Area—it is a call of action to protect them.