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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803270887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803270886
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben K. Green may have not known better than to circulate around the West with a little remuda of cow-wise ponies hunting out recalcitrant old steers, but he certainly knew how to tell these stories. A veterinarian in the far Southwest for much of his life, Green retired to a ranch in Texas until his death in 1974.

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It is very well written.
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It is like sitting around a campfire and getting to listen in on old cowboys swapping stories.
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This is really a good book for cattle folks like me or even people who've never left town.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on August 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wild cows, as the author explains, are just plain ornery, uncooperative cattle that resist all efforts to be rounded up. As a young Texas cowboy in the 1920s and 30s, Green made a living going after these hard-to-catch cattle, and this book is a collection of accounts of his successes (if he ever missed any, he doesn't mention it). Usually he works alone, on horseback, gathering up cows a few at a time and driving them to the nearest train station where they can be shipped to market. Typically he has worked a deal with the owner, buying them "range delivery," and spending sometimes many weeks to outsmart the critters, often one by one, to get them roped, corralled, or whatever it takes.
A young, tough, wild cowboy, as he often refers to himself, he has more than his share of hot, sweaty work, getting bunged up, frustrated, and frequently outmaneuvered. On one job, he's also shunned by a whole community of folk who regard him with disdain as he works to gather up a herd of cows for a bank collecting a bad debt. Each account is different, presenting a very different situation, and Green takes the reader along as he mulls over the problem, tries this and then that, eventually finding a solution.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a departure from other books about cowboying, and it gets very much into cowboy psychology and the wealth of knowledge acquired in dealing daily with cattle. Green writes in a conversational style, with dry humor and a leisurely way of setting scenes and describing action, meanwhile building a kind of suspense as he figures out each time how to outsmart his "wild cows."
Thanks to the University of Nebraska Press for reprinting this and many other classics of western literature.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Ben Green probably writes one of the best cowboy stories I've ever read. A book full of short stories that are enjoyable for the adult as well as the kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E Botts on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Having worked as a cowboy like Ben Green, before he (and I) took up other occupations, I can attest to the fact that he had a working familiarity with cows and their habits and behavior that could only have been gained by actual experience. The attitude of a cowboy is always hard to explain to those who have never been one, but Ben does as well as anyone I know of. As a writer of western books and stories myself, I would like to give him five stars and a tip of the hat for truthfully documenting a way of life that deserves to be a part of our western history.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By veral overstreet on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
i,m into the cowboy scene.i,ve worked on a ranch in west texas one year,that was the best time of my life.for the review,i read wild cow tales quite a few years ago.i was able to get caught up in the stories,if anybody is into livestock working or otherwise,they can relate to Mr.Ben Green and his stories.hope to get all of his books.thanks for making the available.veral overstreet. p.s. i purchased this book for my great nephew who is seven years old.every since he has been able to talk all that he has wanted to do is be a bullrider.i hope he gets as much enjoyment from the book as i did,again, thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Painter on August 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
All of Ben K. Green's books are great. What a wonderful way to go back into time. He really makes you understand what life was like in the Texas hill country.
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WILD COW TALES is classic documentation of an authentic western lifestyle. It is obvious that Ben Green actually lived the life he writes of. His writing smacks of an authenticity that could only come from actual experience.

Very entertaining and informative for those who are interested in ranch life and livestock.

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I'm from Oklahoma and I've met a hand full of these old cowboys from this era. The book, like I said, is like listening to an old rancher or cattleman tell their stories. The way it is written, is simple and to the point, not sparing any interesting details. This is really a good book for cattle folks like me or even people who've never left town. I bet you'll like it.
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By Rose66 on May 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you like old tales of cows, horses, and cowboys, then you'll love this book. Ben Green is a great author.
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