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Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West Paperback – June 1, 2009
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Senator Conrad Burns of Montana slipped a rider into a federal appropriations bill in 2004 which ended more than 30 years of federal protection for America's wild horses. Our fearless leader--yes, the one from Texas, of all places!--signed it into law, leading to approval to their slaughter for horse meat to be sold to foreign countries where it is still eaten.
Perhaps Senator Burns and his colleagues from states where the majority of these horses are held and who voted for this bill would think differently if they read this book.
The tragic story of the American wild horse comes to life in Stillman's beautifully written book. She traces the history from being heroes to being considered surplus to requirements.
When you think about the reverence of the horse in American literature and history, that it has come to this--that politicians from states whose fortunes were built on the back of these amazing animals are the ones who voted to destroy them--will make you ashamed to call yourself an American. It's no wonder the rest of the world thinks of us as the creators of the disposable society.
As an eight generation wild west (Montana, California) family horses have been a part of our families life since the 1800's.
The rich history of the horse that the author shares is history at its best. From Europe to Custer in South Dakota, to Wild Horse Annie who is a heroine in our family for her move to get the wild Mustang here in the west protected.
Our family and so many of our families have gotten wild horses thru the BLM Bureau of Land Management which is a Federal agency, since the 1980's.
While the book isn't a perfect history of the horse it is a great book on the subject of the wild horse protection plan.
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Sad that so much research is ruined with so much nauseating, sentimental projection and which doesn't address any real issues facing wild horses today. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kerry Obrien
The title of this book could have been The History of the Horse Since the Beginning of Time. Impressive research makes this a comprehensive and compelling saga of the wild horse in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Ballou
really enjoyed this book! I love horses and history so great read for mePublished 14 months ago by sandy wisecup
The author not only did not prove her avowed premise of the government's approval of the wanton destruction of a valued American asset, but she actually proved the opposite. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ann B. Williams
As told by a very knowledgeable Ms. Stillman, the saga of man's mistreatment of the "wild ones" and greed is astounding and every bit true to known facts. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by amazon shopper
I cannot comment because this was a gift. Assuming it's okay but I wouldn't know as I didn't read it.Published on December 28, 2012 by Marie McMillen
Excellent writing. Interesting and vivid. A book that describes itself as the history of the wild horse in the American west, but it is so much more. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Abigail H. Ross