From Library Journal
This collection of more than 100 black-and-white photographs from the American West illustrates the work of cowboys at the turn of the previous century. A brief introductory essay by Bob Edgar, curator of the Museum of the Old West at Old Trail Town in Cody, WY, provides an entertaining, though loosely documented, account of actual cowboys and their experiences with stampedes, harsh weather, and hostile natives. The very solid photo reproductions represent the work of a handful of photographers of the period who specialized in recording cowboy life, including Erwin E. Smith, L.A. Huffman, Charles J. Belden, and F. Jay Haynes. Although no information is given about the editor, his selection of photographs works quite well with the essay. Two major themes covered in this book are the roundup, in which roaming cattle were periodically retrieved according to the brand of the owner, and the trail drive, in which herds of cattle were moved across large stretches of territory. An interesting browse with basic content, this is a marginal purchase for most public libraries.Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH
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"...This is a wonderful book and a must for anyone who collects cowboy photo books."--Cowboy Magazine
"These black-and-white photographs capture the ruggedness of the Westernlifestyle and the men who lived it."--Mountain Living Magazine