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Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang Hardcover – October 10, 2017

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“Insightful [and] even-handed.”
- Will Grant, Outside

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking…[A] fine journalistic account.”
- Laurence A. Marshall, Natural History

“A gripping, myth-busting biography of the mustang, one of the most charismatic characters in the epic story of the American West, and a whip-smart argument for how to keep what’s left of its wilderness as wild as possible.”
- Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

“This is a story that needs to be told, especially in today’s political climate and the debate over preservation of nature.”
- Library Journal (starred review)

“There is something to learn from the erudite Philipps on almost every page…[His] strengths are on full display in this thoughtful, balanced, and informative work.”
- Publishers Weekly

“A gimlet-eyed look at the place of the wild horse in the landscape of the American West…A fine, readable work of advocacy journalism, of a piece with Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Philipps…brings a journalist’s keen eye for detail and balanced storytelling to this complicated history.”
- Booklist

“Colorful, well-researched and well-reasoned.”
- Bruce Jacobs, Shelf Awareness

About the Author

David Philipps is a Pulitzer Prize–winning national reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of Lethal Warriors and a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 10, 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393247139
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393247138
  • Item Weight : 1.49 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like horses? Read this book.
By Erica on March 10, 2018
This is a fantastic book if you have even a passing interest in the wild mustangs that call America home. The photos attached are from my own day spent in Utah looking for wild mustangs, who ran as soon as I stopped my car for a few photos. My own interest in horses and mustangs is from an outsider's perspective. I prefer dogs, but have a friend who owns several mustangs through the adoption program that the BLM has, and they are all fantastic animals. When I saw this book I was eager to learn more and immediately bought it.

David Philipps admits he's not much of a horse person, but instead an outdoor person. I feel that exactly because he is NOT a horse person is what allows this book to be fantastic. He is distant enough from the subject to be able to look at it clearly and question everything people explain to him without resorting to the tried and true favorite phrase of people "its tradition". He doesn't just trust the horse people who tell him that the horses belong there and the BLM is awful, he does research and exposes flaws while giving credit when it is due. He doesn't just take the story of the ranchers at face value that they have more of a right to the land than the horses. No one in this book is portrayed as the villain or the hero. Everyone is a shade of gray, and I appreciate that. The fact Philipps is able to portray humans as they are makes him all the more trustworthy as he reports his findings. We all have our own interests that we pursue and in the middle of all that, there are horses just trying to survive in wild horse country.

In the end, for Philipps he proposes we stop killing the predators, specifically cougars, and let nature sort out the horse problems on her own dime instead of rounding up horses at tax payer expense while killing cougars also at tax payer expense. Once she's done, we can do a little spot cleaning in the places it didn't work perfectly. A solution, my predator loving self can get behind. I've heard the same thing Philipps heard "horses have no natural predators" and it always felt wrong. A pack of wolves can take down a full grown (but slightly weakened) bison, your horse is not special. I'm not going to lie that I felt a little vindicated when he discussed the current mountain lion/horse studies being done. Whatever we decide as a nation, we also need to accept that the current solution is not an actual solution.
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The book has proven to be a well presented synapse of the issues facing the wild horse controversy. Anybody who wants to learn more about this controversial issue would do well to read this. Like most things, there is always more then one way to see an issue, and those on either edge of the extreme often miss the big picture. It certainly has caused me to reexamine my own position and thoughts on this issue. I highly recommend reading this book, if you are looking for a balanced interpretation of this issue.
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