Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 30, 2017 - History - 464 pages
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“The best all-around study of the American cowboy ever written. Every page crackles with keen analysis and vivid prose about the Old West. A must-read!” — Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

The open-range cattle era lasted barely a quarter century, but it left America irrevocably changed. Cattle Kingdom reveals 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 meet a diverse cast, from cowboy Teddy Blue to failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. This is a revolutionary new appraisal of the Old West and the America it made.

“Knowlton writes well about all the fun stuff: trail drives, rambunctious cow towns, gunfights and range wars . . . [He] enlists all of these tropes in support of an intriguing thesis: that the romance of the Old West arose upon the swelling surface of a giant economic bubble . . . Cattle Kingdom is The Great Plains by way of The Big Short.” — Wall Street Journal

“Knowlton deftly balances close-ups and bird’s-eye views. We learn countless details . . . More important, we learn why the story played out as it did.” — New York Times Book Review

“The best one-volume history of the legendary era of the cowboy and cattle empires in thirty years.” — True West
 

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5571 Cattle Kingdom The Hidden History of the Cowboy West, by Christopher Knowlton (read 26 Jul 2018) This book, published in 2017, is by an amatuer but assiduous historian tells the history of cattle ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

COWBOYS AND CATTLE KINGS
99
THE BOOM BUSTS
179
NAILS IN THE COFFIN
253
Back Matter
346
Back Flap
427
Back Cover
428
Spine
429
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About the author (2017)

CHRISTOPHER KNOWLTON is the author of Cattle Kingdom and a former staff writer and London bureau chief for Fortune magazine. He spent fifteen years on Wall Street, most of them as president of Knowlton Brothers, Inc., an investment management firm. He is a trustee of the Teton Raptor Center and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He and his wife, Pippa, live in Jackson, Wyoming.
 

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