Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton

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The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, and the dawn of the conservation movement. It inspired legends, such as that icon of rugged individualism, the cowboy. Yet this extraordinary time and its import have remained unexamined for decades.

Cattle Kingdom reveals the truth of how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We venture from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakota Badlands to the Chicago stockyards. We meet a diverse array of players—from the expert cowboy Teddy Blue to the failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Knowlton shows us how they and others like them could achieve so many outsized feats: killing millions of bison in a decade, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousand, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.



Title : Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West
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ISBN : 0544369963
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Reviews


Manray9 rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 06, 2017

Not as much about cowboys as the cattle business, mostly in Wyoming and Montana, during the open range period that ended around 1887. Tedious at times and concentrating on historical figures who were just not that interesting.


Dalton rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 28, 2017

This book while not bad, was not at all what I expected, and as such, I was a little disappointed. There are interesting parts such as the story of the Johnson county war, or the disappearance of buffalo from the plains, but for the most part, it read like a textbook; not a history textbook eithe...


Jill rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

This is one heck of a good book, so full of interesting historical facts and vignettes that you will be driving everyone around you crazy as you read by calling out repeatedly, “Listen to THIS!” It tells the story of the open-range cattle era and the rise of the cowboy from the perspective of its...


David rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2017

The "real" story of the cowboy. Between the late 1860s and late 1880s, open range cattle breeding transformed the West. Young men looking for work as the Civil War ended drifted west and became cowboys. For awhile they were in demand as the cattle herds were growing and labor was scarce. As the c...


John rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2017

The history of the cattle industry in west along with cowboys, gunfighters, the good, the bad, the ugly and an American President throw in for good measure. You also get interesting facts like the Big-Die Up, new information on the Johnson County War and what started it (and just maybe the real r...


Ann rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

A comprehensive study of the cattle barons, Theodore Roosevelt, the cowboy, demise of the bison population, conservation , natural resources and the mistakes that the wealthy cattle barons made by underestimating the weather conditions, getting stock to market , refrigeration and a general loose...


Patrick rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

it's like every cowboy movie or western TV series you've ever seen come to life ... sad and romantic and characters you would have never guessed existed ... as you sit and read you can dream of being out on the range, a place all of us every so often need to go ... and for those like me who belie...


Bill rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

A view of the settlement of the ranges that opens one's eyes. I have been reading a lot of history recently as one needs to look back to help understand today and consider the future. This book helps understand the shaping of the national narrative. Reading about cattle as an industry and tying th...


Jack rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 01, 2017

The history segments are wonderful and informative. Learned a lot that I hadn't from other readings, but the last 50 pages or so looks and reads like discursive filler that is lttle more than p.r. for latter day environmental regulation and obligatory denunciations of all the standard "isms". Poo...


Steve rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

An interesting book on the history of the American West and the cowboys who settled there. This covers every aspects of the Old American West from the cattle drives to boomtowns such as Dodge City and Tombstone to lawmen such as Wyatt Earp, Bat Masteron, and Wild Bill Hickok. This book to me cove...





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