From the Inside Flap
Beyond being eminently browseable and lavishly illustrated, the book—compiled by the editors of the popular Western magazine American Cowboy—is sure to generate hot debate over its “top 100” list, and it covers plenty of movies that appeal to a wide variety of ages and tastes—from Once Upon a Time in the West (#1), High Noon (#4) Shane (#5), Unforgiven (#6), The Wild Bunch (#8), The OxBow Incident (#18), and The Magnificent Seven (#34) to Ride the High Country (#44), Little Big Horn (#67), The Outlaw Josey Wales (#84), Jeremiah Johnson (#85), Brokeback Mountain (#97), and The Kentuckian (#100).
Each essay makes the case for why the selected movie belongs in the top one hundred—and included are five movies you’ve never heard of but should immediately put high on your list to view. The introduction sets forth the criteria for the selections while also presenting a short history of the genre.
From the Back Cover
As we look toward the future of the Western, it is appropriate to look back on the genre and to feature what we believe are the greatest one hundred (or so) Westerns to come out of Hollywood and elsewhere in the last hundred (or so) years. The opinions about what should be included, indeed about what constitutes a Western at all, are endless and deeply rooted in tradition and a heartfelt love for the heroes of the silver screen.