& FREE Shipping. Details
Arrives: Wednesday, Dec 9 Details
Only 1 left in stock - order soon.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from Amazon
Sold by GoodVibeBooks
Ships from

Sold by

Return policy: Returnable until Jan 31, 2021
For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021.
Let the Cowboy Ride: Catt... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping
Get free shipping
Free 5-8 day shipping within the U.S. when you order $25.00 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon.
Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 . (Prices may vary for AK and HI.)
Learn more about free shipping
on orders over $25.00 shipped by Amazon or get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime
Condition: Used: Like New

Have one to sell?
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
$32.83 $9.17

click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Special offers and product promotions

Editorial Reviews


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)

From the Back Cover

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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

Jesse Eisenberg's latest fiction
"When You Finish Saving the World" Listen free with trial

Customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8 out of 5
5 global ratings
5 star
4 star 0% (0%) 0%
3 star
2 star 0% (0%) 0%
1 star 0% (0%) 0%
How are ratings calculated?

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2009
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2013
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2013
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 1999
27 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2010
3 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Pages with related products. See and discover other items: history of landscape architecture, ranching stories, texas landscape