The Cowboy Way: Seasons Of A Montana Ranch

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Nature - 352 pages
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In February of his forty-fourth year, journalist David McCumber signed on as a hand on rancher Bill Galt's expansive Birch Creek spread in Montana. The Cowboy Way is an enthralling and intensely personal account of his year spent in open country—a book that expertly weaves together past and present into a vibrant and colorful tapestry of a vanishing way of life. At once a celebration of a breathtaking land both dangerous and nourishing, and a clear-eyed appreciation of the men—and women—who work it, David McCumber's remarkable story forever alters our long-held perceptions of the "Roy Rogers" cowboy with real-life experiences and hard economic truths.

In February of his forty-fourth year, journalist David McCumber signed on as a hand on rancher Bill Galt's expansive Birch Creek spread in Montana. The Cowboy Way is an enthralling and intensely personal account of his year spent in open country—a book that expertly weaves together past and present into a vibrant and colorful tapestry of a vanishing way of life. At once a celebration of a breathtaking land both dangerous and nourishing, and a clear-eyed appreciation of the men—and women—who work it, David McCumber's remarkable story forever alters our long-held perceptions of the "Roy Rogers" cowboy with real-life experiences and hard economic truths.

 

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I've had this book - David McCumber's THE COWBOY WAY - around for five or six years now, and finally got around to reading it. I think I bought it around the same time I read - and deeply enjoyed ... Read full review

THE COWBOY WAY: Seasons of a Montana Ranch

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lively memoir of cowpunching, roping, and riding. A couple of years ago, veteran West Coast journalist and founding editor of Big Sky Journal McCumber (Playing Off the Rail, 1995) decided by way of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Birch Creek
1
HIPLOCK HARD PULL HEIFER
9
THE LAST OF 5000
40
TOP HAND
63
THE CREW
73
AND THE GREENHORN
87
GODS WITH WIDE PURE HOOFS
97
THAW
111
NEVER BUY A RANCHERS PICKUP
168
BRANDING AND BRAIN SURGERY
181
WATER THE GRASS
195
MORE WATER PLEASE
210
THIRTYSIX SQUARE MILES
227
PESTILENCE AND FIRE
241
LEAFCUTTER ANTS
258
MORE FENCING MORE PROGRESS
277

THE LAST HEIFER
128
HEIFERS IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
140
CHAPTER 11 MAKING GOOD NEIGHBORS
148
ALWAYS THE GRASS
305
THE END OF THE TRAIL
329
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About the author (2009)

David McCumber is an award-winning journalist, a former assistant managing editor at the San Francisco Examiner, and the founding editor and publisher of Big Sky Journal. He has worked for more than twenty years as a writer and editor at newspapers and magazines across the American West. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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