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The Wells Brothers: The Young Cattle Kings Hardcover – July 25, 2007

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Two orphans face starvation on the prairie of northeastern Kansas during the terrible winter of 1885-86. Dell and Joel Wells, redheads who have barely reached shaving age, are about to abandon their dead father's claim on Beaver Creek because it won't grow crops. Then unexpected events, and a drover seeking aid, allow them a decent chance in life. First published in 1911, Wells Brothers, The Young Cattle Kings shows what happens when experienced enterprise meets youthful energy. The boys develop their own ranch on the Beaver, without capital but with honor. No amount of savvy can entirely prepare them for the risks: cruel winters, rapacious wolf packs, summer droughts, mysterious Texas fever, the shifting circumstances of the cattle trade. Andy Adams (1859-1935), author of the classic Log of a Cowboy wraps the saga of the Wells brothers in authentic western atmosphere and lore. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Andy Adams (1859-1935), author of the classic Log of a Cowboy (also available as a Bison Book), wraps the saga of the Wells brothers in authentic western atmosphere and lore. Jim Hoy is a professor of English at Emporia State University and the author of Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0548110077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0548110072
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,917,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a big fan of Andy Adams. Before embarking on his career as a writer he actually made a long trail drive (or several, I can't remember). I like first-hand accounts of the early days, and while this is fiction, it reads much like his "Log of a Cowboy" which recounts his own experiences.

This tale deals with some teenage boys who were orphaned and trying to stay alive on their parents' homestead, and the kind, generous and savvy older cowboys who helped them develop a career in the cattle business. Not only does Adams develop a good plot, he also develops rich characters and incredible sense of place.

If you like this kind of material, I highly recommend Noah Smithwick's "The Evolution of a State", a first-hand account of pre-Alamo Texas up to Texas' secession from the Union.

Another well-written first hand account is "Our Southern Highlanders".

Back to Andy Adams, you can't go wrong with anything he's written, and I am so glad the publisher made his out-of-print books available!
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