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Product Details

  • Series: Western Legacies (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 2nd printing edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806139129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806139128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a marvelously told biography of Bill Smith, the Montana native who became a long-running champion rodeo bronc rider. (Kahn's) meticulous effort pays real dividends." -- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"In Margot Kahn's carefully rendered and lovingly told biography of Bill Smith, we find the story how a talented and determined man forges himself into a champion, both inside the arena and out. Horses That Buck is about family and freedom and, utlimately, how they braid themselves together in the human heart." -- Mark Spragg, author of Where Rivers Change Direction

"The most beautifully written rodeo or human story I have ever read." -- Larry Mahan, six-time World Champion All-Around Cowboy

About the Author

Margot Kahn spent seven years attending rodeos and interviewing and riding with Bill and Carole Smith at their ranch near Thermopolis, Wyoming. She is a graduate of Bates College and Columbia University's MFA program in nonfiction, and was the recipient of the Ohioana Library Association's Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant for a promising young writer in 2005. She lives in Seattle.


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Margot Kahn was born and raised in Ohio. She received her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Columbia University. Her fiction and book reviews have appeared in Pindeldyboz and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. Her award-winning first book, Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, is a "captivating portrait of a man who truly embodied the spirit of the western frontier long after the west was won."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith is a carefully researched and engagingly presented biography of champion saddle bronc rider Bill Smith, who loved the wildness of horses that fought against being ridden. He broke more than a few bones following his passion, earning no less than thirteen trips to the national finals. When he was facing retirement in his thirties, he met schoolteacher and cowgirl Carole O'Rourke on the national rodeo circuit, and together they bought their own land upon which to raise horses. Gathering information from interviews, experience, and historical records, Margot Kahn gives an up close and personal look at the rodeo circuit in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and offers a captivating portrait of a man who truly embodied the spirit of the western frontier long after the west was won.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brett F. Gordon on February 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Very good book. The author writes as in a way that you can visualize the life and accomplishments of Bill Smith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Swanstrom Shaw on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A good writer can take a subject foreign to themselves and/or their readership and bring it to life, infuse it with the energy of compelling interest.

Having grown up around rodeo in Kansas, but without an affiliation or affection for it, my reading of Margot's book was simply to read a friend's work.

It takes not a good writer but a great writer to bring to life a story that inserts you into it when you have familiarity with the subject, and puts you out the other end rapt with an attention for something you had dismissed. Margot is that writer. Her non-fiction narrative is full of nuance, moves effortlessly across Bill Smith's life, never pandering and always moving. I thoroughly enjoyed it, more importantly I felt it.

Philip Swanstrom Shaw
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