The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West

By John Branch
Read by John Pruden

05/15/2018 unabridged
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s gripping portrait of one western family struggling to hold on to age-old American ways New York Times reporter and bestselling author John Branch takes listeners to the magnificent red soil and rocky arroyos of southern Utah, where the Wright family of Smith Mesa have for generations raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders—some call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Filled with vivid scenes of cattle ranching and the high drama of rodeo, The Last Cowboys follows three generations of Wrights through the seasons as they are battered by drought, the falling price of beef, battles over land-use and federal regulation, and rodeo’s ever-present risks of serious injury. This is an epic but intimate story of real-life cowboys squeezed by social change in the twenty-first century, their soiled boots planted firmly in the past while they optimistically build a future.

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Summary

Summary

An Audible Pick of Most Anticipated Listens for Spring

A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s gripping portrait of one western family struggling to hold on to age-old American ways

New York Times reporter and bestselling author John Branch takes listeners to the magnificent red soil and rocky arroyos of southern Utah, where the Wright family of Smith Mesa have for generations raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders—some call them the most successful rodeo family in history.

Filled with vivid scenes of cattle ranching and the high drama of rodeo, The Last Cowboys follows three generations of Wrights through the seasons as they are battered by drought, the falling price of beef, battles over land-use and federal regulation, and rodeo’s ever-present risks of serious injury.

This is an epic but intimate story of real-life cowboys squeezed by social change in the twenty-first century, their soiled boots planted firmly in the past while they optimistically build a future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful book, threading deep reporting into a gorgeously written narrative. It is American portraiture at its best.” Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author
“Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Branch records in utterly enthralling detail the efforts of a multigenerational Utah ranching family, the Wrights, to survive a shifting American West.” Booklist (starred review)
“Branch’s fly-on-the-wall reporting and evocative prose renders this a memorable tale of family and the American West in a state of flux.” Publishers Weekly
“Packed with fascinating information, lively writing, and a certain pleasant nostalgia.” Kirkus Reviews
“Branch has composed a wonderful ballad of intrepid Old West men bucking a modern world that’s going dry fast.” Nicholas Dawidoff, author of The Fly Swatter

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Author

Author Bio: John Branch

John Branch is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for the New York Times. His first book, Boy on Ice, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting. He lives near San Francisco.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English