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J. frank Dobie, an authority closer to the time period described this book as the best memoirs to be found of real life on the trail. I'm going to agree. It's not that much like the TV show, "Rawhide", but it seems true. Read full review
Published in 1903, the book tells the story of a five month long cattle drive that took the Circle-Dot long horns from just south of Brownsville up into the Indian territory of the Blackfoot Agency – a journey of over 3000 miles.
Though fictionalized, Adams fills the story with his observations of life on the trail. And while the writing style is not always polished, the book is engaging, and even charming, as it depicts the inherent loneliness, comradery, gambling, drama and excitement in Adam's understated manner.
Many have claimed that this book is semi-autobiographical, and there is enough detail to make this assertion believable. Certainly for the history-focussed reader there is a great deal to learn about the structure of a trail drive, who did what, etc.
Despite being fiction, “Log of a Cowboy” remains a wonderful historical resource. Persons interested in the Old West should find it a satisfying read, although they should not expect a overly polished presentation. For those who are considering this book for younger readers it should be noted that there are some very non-PC (politically correct) speech and actions. This book was written, after all, over one hundred years ago.
Taken from a review by Pam T. at www.pageinhistory.com