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Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West

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Awards

Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2008
2008 California Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction
2008 California Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

An epic story that restores the horse to its rightful place in the history of the American West.

Mustang is the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West. It follows the wild horse from its evolutionary origins on this continent to its return with the conquistadors to its bloody battles on the old frontier to its present plight as it fights for survival on the vanishing range.

Along the way, you meet some of the great characters — equine and human alike — in American history, including Comanche, the gallant horse that survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn; Charlie Joe, the intrepid cast member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show; Fritz, the mustang that became Americas first equine movie star; and Bugz, the survivor of the 1998 wild horse massacre outside Reno, Nevada. There's also Wild Horse Annie, who lobbied for the first federal protections for mustangs and, after a twenty-year fight, saw them signed into law in 1971.

In the tradition of Barry Lopez and Peter Matthiessen, Mustang follows the horse tracks across American history and shows that despite ever-encroaching civilization and dwindling protections, the horses still run wild, with spirit unbroken — a living tableau of our heritage. But for how much longer, no one can say.

Review:

"Brisk, smart, thorough, and surprising." Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"A stampeding, crusading history of horses in America during the last half-millennium... a spirited defense of the wild horse, as well as a rousing, sweeping account of the horse from the arrival of the conquistadors, who would not have been able to subdue North America without it... a well-written, welcome work of history and advocacy." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative and her vision imaginative and impressively broad...[Mustang] is an invaluable history." Pam Houston, Sunday LA Times Book Review

Review:

"Told with passion and skill, filled with drama and dust and fascinating facts, Mustang is a worthy addition to the literature of the horse in the American West." Ian Frazier

Review:

"A stunner and a heartbreaker." NPR's On Point

Review:

"Powerful...As Stillman writes, 'America is bleeding.' In the case of Mustang, it is right from the heart." Orion

Review:

"A significant gift to readers." Seattle Times

Review:

"Particular books both define a topic and become the defining book on that topic. I am thinking of John McPhee's Oranges, Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death and Mike Davis's City of Quartz and today add to that list Deanne Stillman's Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West." Andrew Tonkovich, KPFK's Bibliocracy

Review:

"An eloquently written wake-up call." Pasadena Weekly

Review:

"Deanne Stillman has crafted a fascinating narrative with all the grace and power embodied in the wild horses that once populated the Western range by the hundreds of thousands....There is no 'happily ever after' in Stillman's magnificently told saga." Albuquerque Journal

Review:

"Might well be essential reading for westerners." Missoulian

Review:

"This urgent, compelling and unforgettable book builds a convincing case that wild horses are an essential part of both our national history and character." King Features Syndicate

Review:

"Extraordinary...you'll never forget it." Penthouse

Review:

"Remarkable." Tony Hillerman, author of Dance Hall of the Dead

Review:

"Deanne Stillman's writing, research and inspiration in the creation of Mustang is stunning. When finished, readers will fret over how the U.S. government can continue to allow the destruction of those who have been our brothers and sisters for centuries: America's wild horses." Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves and The Holy Road

Review:

"It's been said that the history of this nation was written from the back of a horse. But not until now — with Deanne Stillman's Mustang — has that history come to epic life. At once an important, comprehensive study and a spellbinding read, Mustang is ultimately a hymn to our homeland. Deanne Stillman makes a compelling case for the preservation of wild horses." John Fusco, screenwriter of Thunderheart, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and Hidalgo

Synopsis:

This epic story offers a sweeping tale of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West.

Synopsis:

Mustang is the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West. It follows the wild horse across time, from its evolutionary origins on this continent to its return with the conquistadors, its bloody battles on the old frontier, its iconic status in Buffalo Bill shows and early westerns, and its plight today as it makes its last stand on the vanishing range. With the Bureau of Land Management proposing to euthanize thousands of horses and ever-encroaching development threatening the land, the mustangs position has never been more perilous. But as Stillman reveals, the horses are still running wild despite all the obstacles, with spirit unbroken.

"Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative, and her vision imaginative and impressively broad." (Pam Houston, Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her latest book, Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West, is an LA Times "best book 08," a winner of the California Book Award silver medal in nonfiction, and recipient of rave reviews in many places, including the Economist, Orion, and Atlantic Monthly. She is also the author of Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave, which Hunter Thompson called "a strange and brilliant story by an important American writer." It was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, one of its "best books 01," and has just been published in a new, updated edition with a foreword by T. Jefferson Parker and preface by Charles Bowden. Deanne's work appears in various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Slate, and it is also widely anthologized. She is a member of the core faculty at the UCR-Palm Desert MFA Creative Writing Program. For the past twenty years she has lived in Los Angeles, close to her beloved desert, which she has explored by foot and on horseback.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

PART I: NEW WORLD 1. The Horses Return 3 2. Dawn of the Mustang: Eohippus to Equus 37 3. Hoofbeats on the Prairie 53 4. Comanche: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Horse That Survived 78

PART II: CENTER STAGE 5. All Roads Lead to Buffalo Bill 127 6. Rawhide: Of Cow Ponies and Bucking Broncos 161 7. The Wonder Horses That Built Hollywood 196

PART III: LAST STAND 8. The Mustang Besieged 231 9. The Mustang Endures 267

Epilogue: They Also Served 307 Acknowledgments 313 Notes on the Writing of This Book 315 Bibliography 323 Index 339

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618454457
Subtitle:
The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West
Author:
Stillman, Deanne
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Horses
Subject:
History
Subject:
West (U.S.) History.
Subject:
Mustang -- History.
Subject:
Animals - Horses
Subject:
Mustang
Subject:
PETS / Horses/General
Subject:
United States - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080609
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photos
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 368 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780618454457 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brisk, smart, thorough, and surprising."
"Review" by , "A stampeding, crusading history of horses in America during the last half-millennium... a spirited defense of the wild horse, as well as a rousing, sweeping account of the horse from the arrival of the conquistadors, who would not have been able to subdue North America without it... a well-written, welcome work of history and advocacy."
"Review" by , "Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative and her vision imaginative and impressively broad...[Mustang] is an invaluable history."
"Review" by , "Told with passion and skill, filled with drama and dust and fascinating facts, Mustang is a worthy addition to the literature of the horse in the American West."
"Review" by , "A stunner and a heartbreaker."
"Review" by , "Powerful...As Stillman writes, 'America is bleeding.' In the case of Mustang, it is right from the heart."
"Review" by , "A significant gift to readers."
"Review" by , "Particular books both define a topic and become the defining book on that topic. I am thinking of John McPhee's Oranges, Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death and Mike Davis's City of Quartz and today add to that list Deanne Stillman's Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West."
"Review" by , "An eloquently written wake-up call."
"Review" by , "Deanne Stillman has crafted a fascinating narrative with all the grace and power embodied in the wild horses that once populated the Western range by the hundreds of thousands....There is no 'happily ever after' in Stillman's magnificently told saga."
"Review" by , "Might well be essential reading for westerners."
"Review" by , "This urgent, compelling and unforgettable book builds a convincing case that wild horses are an essential part of both our national history and character."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary...you'll never forget it."
"Review" by , "Remarkable."
"Review" by , "Deanne Stillman's writing, research and inspiration in the creation of Mustang is stunning. When finished, readers will fret over how the U.S. government can continue to allow the destruction of those who have been our brothers and sisters for centuries: America's wild horses."
"Review" by , "It's been said that the history of this nation was written from the back of a horse. But not until now — with Deanne Stillman's Mustang — has that history come to epic life. At once an important, comprehensive study and a spellbinding read, Mustang is ultimately a hymn to our homeland. Deanne Stillman makes a compelling case for the preservation of wild horses."
"Synopsis" by , This epic story offers a sweeping tale of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West.
"Synopsis" by ,
Mustang is the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West. It follows the wild horse across time, from its evolutionary origins on this continent to its return with the conquistadors, its bloody battles on the old frontier, its iconic status in Buffalo Bill shows and early westerns, and its plight today as it makes its last stand on the vanishing range. With the Bureau of Land Management proposing to euthanize thousands of horses and ever-encroaching development threatening the land, the mustangs position has never been more perilous. But as Stillman reveals, the horses are still running wild despite all the obstacles, with spirit unbroken.

"Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative, and her vision imaginative and impressively broad." (Pam Houston, Los Angeles Times)

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