September 28, 2012

The cowboy life

Cowboy: A Kid's Album
by Linda Granfield

The history of the American cowboy is traced in this entertaining book. Filled with archival photographs, it describes the rigorous daily life of a cowboy, from ranch-hand to trail-rider, thief to outlaw. Imaginary letters from a cowboy to his sweetheart show how exhausting and dangerous a cattle drive could be. The book ends with the decline of cattle, the rise of rodeo, and a brief look at the life of a modern cowboy. Much is also mentioned of the way Hollywood romanticizes the West and distorts the truth.

Well-researched and inclusive - Granfield includes information on cowgirls, African-American cowboys, and the artists of the time - the book presents its subject with verve and excitement.

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