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The Longhorns Paperback – January 1, 1980


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  • Series: The J. Frank Dobie Paperback Library
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Reprint edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029274627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292746275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Texas Longhorn made more history than any other breed of cattle the world has ever known. Dobie's book, originally published in 1941, tells their story. The Longhorns were more than a breed--they were a race. Gaunt, wiry, intractable, they were themselves pioneers in a hard, strange land. Dobie writes of the Spanish conquistadors who brought the cattle, the progenitor of the Longhorn. He writes of Texas cowboys, rustlers and catches the terrible excitement of the stampede, the poetry of lighting on a sea of seething horns. No historian or naturalist has ever so related an animal to the land, to men, and to history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is classic Dobie in style and is "the" book on Texas Longhorns. Dobie takes us through the history of the breed, through the animal, through the men and women that loved, used and abused them, and through the many tales that surround them, both fiction and fact. The animal stands large in this work, but the flavor of the old days, of the hardships, of the ranch life, of the love for the land of the people who lived and died there is a part of it too. For anyone with an interest in this breed, this book is a must read. For anyone else with a feel for the Southwestern United States, Texas, cowboys, or the land, it's time well spent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Czernek on November 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Frank Dobie, a University of Texas professor, spent years collecting stories of the old southwest. Many are tales that he wrote down of 19th Century life. Several are collected into volumes about important parts of life at the time, including "Longhorns" and "The Mustangs".
They provide great insight into the origin of those animals and their importance to people who lived in those times.
Another excellent Dobie book is "I'll Tell You a Tale," with excerpts from these two books and others. The anthology includes tales of gold, stories of irony, Old West characters, and saddle stories.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Howard L. Dixon on January 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
J. Frank Dobie spent his life documenting the grassroots history of Texas and this book is probably his finest examples. I've read all of his books and found this one to be the most informative. There's also a wonderful collection of photographs of many of the different variations of horn and hide at the rear of this book. You'll learn how the cattle came north from Mexico in the beginning and how early settlers rooted them out of the thickets of East Texas to start their herds. You'll learn about many of the principal cattlemen of early Texas including their drives north to the Kansas railhead.
If you enjoy Texas history you'll really enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth G. Ramey on January 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
As horses were introduced to America by the Spanish, so too were cattle, and both species became feral, then wild, and learned to survive on their own under extreme conditions in the west. Not infrequently some retained some of their domestication. Texas was the land of their beginning as catalysts to a lifestyle peculiarly western because of how they developed. The Longhorns were tough individuals as well as part of a breed apart, and Dobie was just the sort of person to describe them for what they were, and the men who made it their purpose to use them. Dobie is a story teller of exceptional talent as well as an historian of necessity if his stories are to carry any weight. Each Chapter deals with an aspect of the beast and its habitat from which they were removed to form enormous herds driven north by cowboys over tractless miles to railheads when they arrived or to distant markets before their coming. Cowboys were tough, but also gentle as they crooned softly to the cattle on a stormy night hopefully to prevent "stompedes." Dobies' tales of individual Longhorns illustrates that within the being of some was a spirit that exceeded normal expectation, and contributed to human emotions in spite of themselves. The Longhorns began to fade as bloodlines were mixed to improve the breed, and as railheads came closer to the herds. For "improved" cattle had not the prowess or the ability to survive without the help of man as did the pure Longhorns. They were a breed in transition from one life style to another, but their memory remains because of Dobie and his tales. Fascinating reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WITTMAN DAVID II on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT COLLECTION OF STORIES ON THE LONGHORN. IT STARTES WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF CATTLE AND HOW THE LONG HORN CAME TO BE. THERE ARE A FEW TALES OF THE LONG HORNS LONG HORNS,AND AFEW ON WHY IT WAS THE PERFECT ANIMAL FOR TEXAS CATTLEMEN.THE BOOK IS ENDED ON A SAD NOTE THAT TALKS ABOUT THE LAST OF THE WILD LONG HORNS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Little on December 22, 2008
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As many people have said, this is indeed a wonderful book. There are different editions of this paperbook out there, so be aware. In case you are wondering what the difference is between the University of Texas Press edition and the Grosset's Universal Library edition, while the text is the same, the U of Texas paperback has 16 pages of actual photos of longhorns inserted behind page 346 (the photo pages aren't numbered) and the Grosset edition doesn't.
Definitely worth it to get a copy with the photos... some go back as far as 1899 with others from the 20's and 30's. Very enjoyable!
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By david martin on June 7, 2014
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Of course , J Frank Dobie. Whats not to love. He is an outstanding author. I work with Longhorns all day and love to learn all I can...
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Very informative and well researched. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in this subject. Written well so it's also a good read.
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