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Cowboy Culture

A Saga of Five Centuries

David Dary

xii, 388 pages, 80 photographs, 17 drawings, 6 x 9
Paper ISBN 978-0-7006-0390-9, $16.95

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL COWBOY HALL OF FAME WRANGLER AWARD, THE WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA SPUR AWARD, AND THE WESTERNERS INTERNATIONAL BEST NONFICTION BOOK AWARD

Book Cover ImageA nationwide bestseller--with more than 65,000 copies in print since publication by Alfred A. Knopf in 1981, this fascinating chronicle of cowboy life and legend is now available in a trade paperback edition. It's the 500-year saga of the "real cowboy"--from fifteenth-century Mexico to the twentieth-century American West.

"Drawing on diaries, journals, letters, maps, and pictures, Dary tells the unvarnished truth about cowboys and analyzes the cultural force of the cowboy myth."--New York times Book Review

"Comprehensive and entertaining. . . . Full of wry anecdotes. . . . Dary understands the double legacy of the real West--hard fact and rich myth--and he savors it."--Time

"The definitive treatment of the cowboy. . . . Impressive in its thoroughness, scope, and depth. Anyone interested in the history, sociology, and economics of the West will find it valuable and fascinating."--San Diego Union

"Evocative reading. . . . A kind of source book for all the Westerns you've ever seen and are ever likely to see. . . . Between the lines, Cowboy Culture offers the germ of a story idea on almost every page."--Los Angeles Times

"Fun and enriching, packed with original research, it gives us a better understanding of that part of our past we have always worshiped. More that that, it gives us an idea of what we have lost."--Chicago Sun-Times

"An exuberant book, bubbling over with tales, stories, and recollections. If one were going to buy a single book on the cowboy and his life and business, this ought to be it."--South Dakota History

"Immensely readable. A classic is what I label it."--Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

DAVID DARY is head of the School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of several books on the West, including Entrepreneurs of the Old West, Seeking Pleasure in the Old West, True Tales of Old-Time Kansas, More True Tales of Old-Time Kansas, and Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in the Old West.

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