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The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch

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ISBN13: 9780380788415
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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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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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thody, March 24, 2008 (view all comments by thody)
A wonderfully evocative read - highly recommended.

McCumber paints a picture of unbelievably long days, cold winters, difficult work and, initially at least, the embarrassment of not really knowing how to do any of the multitude of jobs that a ranch hand has to master.

As the book progresses though, his competence grows and he ends up reveling in the early morning starts and dirty repetitive jobs that enable him to live his life under the big skies of Montana.

In short it's the type of book that makes you look at your life and think about packing it all in to do something different. 99.9% of us don't of course, but we can live the dream through this beautifully written book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380788415
Subtitle:
Seasons of a Montana Ranch
Author:
McCumber, David
Author:
McCumber, David
Author:
by David McCumber
Author:
Mccumber,
Author:
David
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
Farmers & Ranchers
Subject:
White Sulphur Springs Region
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Biography-Farmers and Ranchers
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
TR-WRP-RE-21
Publication Date:
20000307
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 0.8 in 10.4 oz

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