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by Professor Paul F. Starrs

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ISBN:
0801856841
Author:
Professor Paul F. Starrs
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Architecture
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English
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The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st edition (February 10, 1998)
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356 pages
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In Let the Cowboy Ride, Paul Starrs offers a detailed and comprehensive look at one of America's most enduring institutions

In Let the Cowboy Ride, Paul Starrs offers a detailed and comprehensive look at one of America's most enduring institutions. Richly illustrated with 130 photographs and maps, the book combines the authentic detail of an insider's view (Starrs spent six years working cattle on the high-desert Great Basin range) with a scholar's keen eye for objective analysis. Series: Creating the North American Landscape. Starrs knows ranching. He worked for six seasons as a cowhand before going to graduate school. He's now a professor of geography at the University of Nevada, and writes extensively on ranching and the West.

In Let the Cowboy Ride, Starrs offers a detailed and comprehensive look at one of. .

In Let the Cowboy Ride, Starrs offers a detailed and comprehensive look at one of America's most enduring institutions. Richly illustrated with 130 photographs and maps, the book combines the authentic detail of an insider's view (Starrs spent six years working cattle on the high desert Great Basin range) with a scholar's keen eye for objective analysis. Tracing the geography and history of ranching in the United States, Starrs tells how Anglo settlers first encountered the open grasslands of the West - an environment alien to most of the European experience.

Paul Starrs is a fieldworker and a storyteller intrigued by landscapes and their human occupants . At the University of Nevada, Paul is Regents & Foundation Professor of Geography, and co-founder of the Black Rock Institute. A child of diplomats and born in Bordeaux, France, Paul grew up abroad. He returned to the American West in 1975, and attended Deep Springs College in eastern California. Completing a BA at UC San Diego, he later earned a PhD in Geography at UC Berkeley and began teaching at the University of Nevada. Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West (Creating the North American Landscape). by Professor Paul F. Starrs.

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Let the Cowboy Ride book. Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West. The dude ranch and rodeo are a direct legacy of 19th-century cowboy life, still alive in American popular culture. This text offers a detailed look at this enduring institution, combining an insider's view (Starrs worked cattle for six years) with objective analysis.

Let the Cowboy Ride : Cattle Ranching in the American West . Creating the North American Landscape (Paperback). Richly illustrated with more than 130 photographs and maps, the book combines the authentic detail of an insider's view (Starrs spent six years working cattle on the high desert Great Basin range) with a scholar's keen eye for objective analysis. Format Paperback 384 pages.

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Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West contains Starrs's detailed examination of the long-standing conflict over land use between Western cattle ranchers and the American government. A former cowboy himself, Starrs perhaps enjoys a greater connection to the topic of his book than might other scholars. He divides the book into three parts

Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West (Creating the North American Landscape).

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The dime novel and dude ranch, the barbecue and rodeo, the suburban ranch house and the urban cowboy -- all are a direct legacy of nineteenth-century cowboy life that still enlivens American popular culture. Yet at the same time, reports of environmental destruction or economic inefficiency have motivated calls for restricted livestock grazing on public lands or even for an end to ranching altogether. In Let the Cowboy Ride, Starrs offers a detailed and comprehensive look at one of America's most enduring institutions. Richly illustrated with more than 130 photographs and maps, the book combines the authentic detail of an insider's view (Starrs spent six years working cattle on the high desert Great Basin range) with a scholar's keen eye for objective analysis.

  • Thetalas
Starrs knows ranching. He worked for six seasons as a cowhand before going to graduate school. He's now a professor of geography at the University of Nevada, and writes extensively on ranching and the West. This book reflects that knowledge, and is full of both factual material and analytical insights into the rural West.

Unfortunately, it's often weirdly organized. The chapters don't tell a chronological story, and they don't really organize around an analytical story. There's a group of chapters on "legacy" at the start and a group on the "future" at the end, with case studies of five counties in the middle. But the "future" chapters include a lot of the past, and the "legacy" chapters mix history, lifestyle, politics, geography, and literature reviews in ways that I never could sort out in my mind. The best single chapter, with an overview of his major themes, was Chapter 4. That's an odd place to put your overview.

The presentation could also be better oriented to the reader. For example, Starrs will refer to something, like the Kincaid Act or the Spanish Mesta, without defining it. Then, dozens of pages later after the initial reference, the object may (or may not) be explained. There is a glossary at the end, if you happen to notice it - - but here, as in many books, a glossary is a substitute for thinking through the best way to present the material so that the reader doesn't need a glossary.

Starrs is at his best when he's not trying to wrestle with the general, but instead telling stories about specific places. His five chapters on western counties are very interesting. He's selected these well, with a mix of landholding patterns, ethnic make-ups, and histories. You'll emerge from each of these chapters with a strong sense of place, and with a good sense of how to compare these counties with one another. Those middle chapters deserve at least four stars. Alas, the strangely-organized presentation of the (albeit interesting) material before and after them drags the book down.
  • Alianyau
Simply put, this is an excellent book. It combines an overview of the United States' history of cattle ranching with a more detailed look at several specific regions. Throughout, the book persuasively argues that the federal approach to ranching in the west and, later, use of public lands for ranching, was always poorly thought out and ill-suited for the specific climate and geography of the western US. Anyone who thinks they understand the problem of public use for ranching should read this book because it will certainly deepen their perspective.
  • Kann
I bought this book for my Alzheimers husband who was a cattle rancher all of his life and while it was a great historical book, I was hoping that it would have more pictures to bring back memories.
  • Bundis
I came across this book while doing research about ranching in the American West -- this book is by far the most interesting, comprehensive and well-written book about the cattle industry that I've found.
  • Malak
Excellent academic look at the cultural evolution of ranching, from the Spanish entry to North America until modern times. Illustrates why ranching is important as a culture and livelihood, and, at its best, a sustainable and productive way to manage landscapes.