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.