Cowboy Culture

A Saga of Five Centuries

David Dary

A nationwide bestseller—with more than 65,000 copies in print since publication by Alfred A. Knopf in 1981, this fascinating chronicle of cowboy life and legend is now available in a trade paperback edition. It's the 500-year saga of the "real cowboy"—from fifteenth-century Mexico to the twentieth-century American West.

“Drawing on diaries, journals, letters, maps, and pictures, Dary tells the unvarnished truth about cowboys and analyzes the cultural force of the cowboy myth.”

New York times Book Review

“Comprehensive and entertaining. . . . Full of wry anecdotes. . . . Dary understands the double legacy of the real West—hard fact and rich myth—and he savors it.”

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