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Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West (Creating the North American Landscape) Paperback – March 17, 2000

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This is an important book, a contribution both to scholarship and to urgent public debate. Few of its readers will find their view of the American West unchanged, and those few will probably be of Starrs's party already.

(Hugh Brogan Times Literary Supplement)

Paul Starrs takes us on a lively, insightful ride through the varied ranch lands of the American West. Drawing skillfully on his visits to many different ranching areas, he clearly illuminates the difficulties confronting ranchers yesterday and today. Starrs also levels sharp criticisms at U.S. western land policy. Even readers who disagree with his prescriptions will find Starrs a stimulating, often provocative guide.

(Richard W. Slatta, author of The Cowboy Encyclopedia and Cowboys of the Americas)

Starrs's magisterial book redefines our understanding of the neglected subject of western livestock ranching. He shows the centrality of ranching in the complex and contentious relationship between fiercely independent westerners and historic federal government policies. Starrs provides a thoughtful and vivid overview while simultaneously deciphering five specific land tenure histories. The history of western ranching has a new champion.

(John Opie, author of Nature's Nation)

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The dime novel and dude ranch, the barbecue and rodeo, the suburban ranch house and the urban cowboy--all are a direct legacy of 19th-century cowboy life that still enlivens American popular culture. Yet, at the same time, reports of environmental destruction or economic inefficiency have motivated calls for restricted livestock grazing on public lands or even for an end to ranching altogether. In Let the Cowboy Ride, Paul Starrs offers a detailed and comprehensive look at one of America's most enduring institutions. Richly illustrated with 130 photographs and maps, the book combines the authentic detail of an insider's view (Starrs spent six years working cattle on the high-desert Great Basin range) with a scholar's keen eye for objective analysis.

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  • Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0801863511
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0801863516
  • Dimensions : 7 x 0.94 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press (March 17, 2000)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
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