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Last week’s unseasonable snowstorm in the Black Hills of South Dakota, with its attendant images of frozen cattle and buried automobiles, underscored the insights of a fascinating book by Dan O’Brien titled “Buffalo For the Broken Heart.”

O’Brien’s been a cattle rancher on the Great Plains most of his life, and part of the title of his book refers to the name of his ranch, The Broken Heart. It also refers to the Great Plains itself, the semi-arid heartland of America.

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