All Americans, whether they live in the city or country, whether they lean politically left or right, whether they prize open space for the view or the productive capacity of the land, and whether they know a Hereford from an Angus, should read this book. If you care about the West, you must care about the lands of the West—lands that are disappearing rapidly, along with the people and cultures that go along with it.
In this collection of 22 essays, the editors have brought together some of the best–and most insightful–writing on ranching in the West. These writers explore the changing landscape of the West, and how, in an age of huge, corporate-owned ranches, the small rancher can survive. This book brings together the best writers in the West today—including poets, ranchers, and conservationists—in a one-of-a-kind, unique look at the West, literally our Home Land.
Aaron Abeyta Julene Bair Bob Budd Joan Chevalier James Galvin Drum Hadley Linda Hussa Page Lambert Wallace McRae Sharon Salisbury O’Toole Diane Josephy Peavey Nathan F. Sayre Mark Spragg Kim Stafford Paul F. Starrs Courtney White Paul Zarzyski
Jeff Lee is director of the Rocky Mountain Land Library, a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to encourage a greater awareness of the land. For the past twenty years, he has also been a bookseller at Denver's legendary Tattered Cover Book Store.