America's Last Wild Horses

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Lyons & Burford, 1990 - Science - 333 pages
No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild horse -- nor does any face so many diverse and potent enemies. In this thoughtful, provocative study, Ryden combs the history of these proud and noble horses, from their origins among the Spanish mustangs of the conquistadors. Updating their story to the present day, when -- destroyed as varmints and buffeted by misguided federal programs -- the wild horse faces an ever more threatened future, Ryden champions their cause. Distinguished by sixty vivid photographs, "America's Last Wild Horses" is a compelling testament to the life of a uniquely American symbol of grace and wildness. Now with stunning new color photographs.

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This book first came to my attention when I saw a review of it in Time Magazine, 1970(!), and then again in a National Geographic issue 1977. My first copy (Ballantine Books, Inc. May 1973) became so ... Read full review


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Hope Elaine Ryden was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 1, 1929. In 1951, she received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa. Afterward, she was a fashion model and a flight attendant. In 1958, she was a crew member aboard Pan Am's inaugural trans-Atlantic jet passenger flight. She developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad. In 1961, she joined Robert Drew & Associates, a noted documentary production company. She later worked for ABC News. She was a writer, director, and producer of documentary films. Her books on wildlife included America's Last Wild Horses, God's Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote, Bobcat Year, Wild Animals of America ABC, and Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers. She also wrote for National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and The New York Times Magazine. Her documentaries featured the actress Jane Fonda at 25 as she prepared for her starring role in The Fun Couple on Broadway, two Peace Corps nurses in Malaya, and a Boston man who saved some 9,000 animals in Suriname from starvation or drowning. She died from complications of hip surgery on June 18, 2017 at the age of 87.

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