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The Longhorns
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
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My family raises Texas Longhorns and when I was young and wanted to know more my father gave me this book and I have learned more than just the starting of the breed but the world around them. Frank Dobie is a great writer on the history of the west and this book was what started my love for the longhorn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
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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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VINE VOICEon September 30, 2012
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J. Frank Dobie is the granddaddy of Western writers. His work "The Longhorns" is a classic. Long on lore, with plenty of red paint stirred in to keep it colorful, it's a great read.
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on December 4, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I like old,but true stories about the early west.I have an old paper back book.needed a hard back,good responce to my order,
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on March 12, 2013
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Great look at history long past. I love the personal interviews he got before the information passed from living memory.
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on November 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
These beautiful Longhorns are very special with a very interesting history. Living in TX I am able to admire them.
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on October 1, 2014
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Love Dobie. When I have time, I'll read more.
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