Synopses & Reviews
Although the American cowboy has long been a favorite subject for novelists, filmmakers, and illustrators, too often the picture they paint bears little relation to reality. Philip Ashton Rollins, who lived in the West on and off between 1892 and 1924, set out to create a more accurate portrait of this enduring icon. Based on what he himself witnessed, this fascinating study discusses what exactly makes a cowboy, as well as cowboy weaponry, clothing, saddles, and equipment; the "cowboy character;" and a cowboy's work. In addition, Rollins describes the history of ranching in the United States, the raising of horses and cattle, livestock rustling, and more.
"Makes the authentic Old West a true-life adventure."--Steven D. Price, author of The American Quarter House
About the Author
Philip Ashton Rollins (1869-1950) participated in two cattle drives as a teenager and spent six months on the Cheyenne Indians' Dakota Reservation. Educated as a lawyer in the east, he regularly returned to visit and study the West firsthand. He is the author of several books on cowboys and the West, including Jinglebob: The True Story of a Real Cowboy, Gone Haywire: Two Tenderfoots on the Montana Cattle Range in 1886 and The Cowboy: His Characteristics, His Equipment, and His Part in the Development of the West.