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Wild Horse Annie: Velma Johnston and Her Fight to Save the Mustang Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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Mustangs, the wild horses of the American West, are as much a part of the romance of the Wild West as the cowboys and Indians who rode them. The fact that mustangs still roam the public lands of the western states is entirely due to the efforts of one slim, small woman. Velma Johnston was born to a Nevada ranching family early in the twentieth century. Stricken with polio at age five and left disfigured, she still rode her father’s gentled mustangs and later married another rancher. Her life as a secretary and ranching housewife changed one fateful day when she pulled up behind a horse trailer that was leaking blood. Following the trailer, she learned the cruel fate of the mustangs within, one of which had been trampled to death by the others, as the rig turned into a slaughterhouse. The story of how Velma, snidely dubbed Wild Horse Annie by a government official, gathered supporters for the wild horses and got laws passed to provide for their humane treatment and protection makes inspiring reading. --Nancy Bent

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“As one of the few insiders from Velma Johnston’s campaign to save America’s mustangs, Alan J. Kania presents a thorough, deeply researched, and carefully crafted portrait of the woman without whom we would have no wild horses today. He also recounts the details of that hard-fought battle, making Wild Horse Annie an invaluable record of one of the great environmental wars of the twentieth century. ” -- Deanne Stillman, author of Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West


“Here is the real deal--a tale accurately and lovingly told by Alan Kania, who as a young man worked for Annie. Alan mirrored Annie’s passion to save the American mustang. Together they created a path to protecting these iconic symbols of American freedom.” --Ginger Kathrens, founder and director of the Cloud Foundation and creator of the popular Cloud, the Wild Stallion programs for PBS’s Nature series


“The story of Wild Horse Annie, well conveyed by Alan J. Kania, is an important one given her cause and the issues and challenges she faced.” --Mark Harvey, author of Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act


"Wild Horse Annie is a strongly recommended pick for collections focusing on American conservation history, not to be overlooked." Midwest Book Review


“Kania has written a fascinating biography about a major figure in the environmental history of the West. Wild Horse Annie is her story and it is engagingly and affectionately told.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
(Southwestern Historical Quarterly)

“Author Alan J. Kania provides a ward, candid, and revealing look into the public and private life of Velma B. Jonston (a.k.a. Wild Horse Annie), his mentor, collaborator, and friend, who sacrificed so greatly in her quest to save wild, free-roaming horses and burros of the American West.”—Oregon Historical Quarterly
(Oregon Historical Quarterly)

“The book is well written and will be a fascinating read for those whose lives are affected by wild horses and burros.”—Library Journal
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874178738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874178739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best bio I've read in a long time. When he was a young photojournalist, the author worked with Velma Johnson (Wild Horse Annie)in her campaign. His insights are unique in revealing the heart of the issues and of Annie. This is a well written, well documented account. I Googled the author's name and found on his website some fine documentary footage of the horses plus a documentary about the Colorado National Monument and a book about how "crazy" John Otto spent a lifetime saving it for the public. That book, "John Otto: Trials and Trails" is next on my reading list. I love discovering books like these.
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Excellent book, written by someone who was there and has access to many of her original papers. I agree with Author, Deanne Stillman: ".. portrait of the woman without whom we would have no wild horses today."
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I urge people to read this book and learn the back gound on the wild horse and burro issues today!
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