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1. Chasing the Rodeo : On Wild Rides
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2. Rodeo: Behind The Scenes at America's
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3. Ring of Fire : The Guts and Glory
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1. Chasing the Rodeo : On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West
by W. K. Stratton
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-02)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The rodeo is in W.K. Stratton's blood. He attended his first one in utero just days before he was born (on Will Rogers birthday, naturally). He is also the son of a bull-riding cowboy that left him and his mother when Stratton was an infant. The search for this elusive "rodeo bum" father is an underlying theme of Chasing the Rodeo but its main focus is on the action in the ring. Stratton spent a year following the professional rodeo and bull-riding tours and he explores the circuit with a keen and sympathetic eye. He writes about the history of the sport and its place in the mythology of the West, cowboy legends, current stars, and classic rodeo towns, such as Prescott, Arizona, and Pecos, Texas--both of which claim the title as the true birthplace of rodeo. He also looks at the growing popularity of rodeo and bull-riding and what it means for its future now that major events have corporate sponsors and are held in Las Vegas casinos rather than fairgrounds. While acknowledging that the big money prizes are good for the athletes, Stratton worries that marketing considerations will force the sport away from the very traditions that make it interesting. As proof, he bemoans the fact that helmets and Nike shoes are starting to replace Western hats and boots at some rodeos. Still, he encounters plenty of true Western spirit and memorable characters during his journey to keep his love for the rodeo alive and his enthusiasm for his subject proves contagious. Even those who have never considered attending a rodeo will likely find themselves enthralled by this wild ride of a book. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book deserves a buckle.
**For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?** "Kip" Stratton has written a winner of a book, here.I felt it appropriate to begin this review with that familiar biblical quote, although "Chasing The Rodeo" is about the search for soul as well as about its diminution.What I mean by "soul" in this context is that which makes us part of society as well as unique individuals within it.Stratton's father, whom he never met, was a bull rider.Stratton's literal search for his father is overlaid onto his broader search for the soul of the rodeo and the American West.

As this book makes clear, the towns that hold rodeos provide an essential part of its unique character. Moving the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma, which is steeped in Rodeo tradition, to Las Vegas is symbolic of the sacrifce of soul for that most America of obsessions, making money.Character is also lost when things are made safe and sanitary, and when elements that are foreign are incorporated into a thing in order to make it "accessible" to a wider audience.Early in the book, Stratton frets about being "a generic, white bread American" but learns that the "Kicker Culture" is as much a part of him as it is of the Rodeo.I grew up in a small town in North Texas and will tell you that the "Kicker Culture" ain't pretty and it ain't sanitary or even safe, but it is genuine.There are parts of it that should be eschewed entirely, but never "prettied up."

Stratton obviously spent a great deal of time researching this book.It is chock-full of the people and places that make up this sport and their history.At the same time, he does not blink from calling racism what it is or identifying as bovine scat some of the aspects of recent Rodeo venues. He may offend some folks in doing so.But to be less than honest in his assessment of these things would certainly diminish the soul of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic American tale
In these fractious times, it is a joy to come across a book that embraces something as distinctly American as the rodeo.W.K. Stratton has delivered a handsomely-rendered treasure for every man who ever wanted to be a cowboy and every woman who ever wanted to be a cowboy's sweetheart.He traces the origins of rodeoing, takes us to this wild sport's biggest events, and introduces us to the kind of outsized characters it is hard to believe still exist.So here's to Freckles Brown, the rodeo clown who rode the fiercest bull in captivity, and to Jesse Bail, the spiritual descendant of Larry Mahan and Ty Murray and all the great rodeo riders who preceded him.And here's to Stratton himself, the son of a rodeo bum, who weaves the search for traces of his father into the larger tale he is telling without ever getting thrown by it.He stayed in the saddle, and by doing so, he has given readers a chance for the ride of their lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reporting
To say that Chasing the Rodeo is a mere primer on the rodeo circuit is like saying The Sun Also Rises is about bullfighting.This is a great read, fully charged with emotion and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting.Kip Stratton tells us how the weather was and much, much more.Bravo!

4-0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
"Chasing the Rodeo" will immerse you in rodeo, not only in its events, but also in its history.Its pages are full of detailed facts and colorful characters, anecdotes and personal reflections.Stratton's re-visitation to one of the loves of his youth and an essential part of his background will enlighten any, like me, who have wondered what drives the people who participate in this sport.Stratton speaks frankly to animal activists as well, debunking some myths while always acknowledging dangers.He informed me, a great animal lover, of progress made and precautions taken, which made me feel easier in my mind and gave me greater respect for the rodeo.

This is a well-written book that moves along fluidly and entertainingly.A very enjoyable read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real delight
This is a remarkable book! It braids together an appreciative look at modern rodeo, a thoroughly engrossing look at rodeo's history and traditions, and an intriguing search for the real man behind the vague imaginings of a child who never knew his biological father.

Stratton's prose is deft and flowing. He led me from his own memories of a legendary bull ride to the party-hearty bars at Pendleton and the lure of the dirt arena. The search for his father never intrudes; it bolsters Stratton's exploration of the compelling urges that rodeo creates in both professionals and fans.

Sometimes poignant, sometimes rowdy, always interesting--this book goes on my shelf of favorites. ... Read more


2. Rodeo: Behind The Scenes at America's Most Exciting Sport
by Lynn Campion
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Asin: 1585746657
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 91214
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"Campion's photos and prose convey the gritty details of the sport, as well as the very American roots of rodeo. I urge anyone with an interest in rodeo to pick up a copy of this book. The photos alone are worth the price of the volume." -Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar

More than seventeen million people attended rodeos in the United States and Canada last year, and more than thirteen million viewers tuned in to ESPN to watch the National Finals Rodeo, where the top competitors battled for $4.6 million in prize money. Lynn Campion's RODEO is the perfect companion to the sport, sure to entertain and edify longtime fans and novices alike.

Campion traveled to various rodeos for this book, taking photographs and conducting interviews. She gives vivid accounts of the competitions, from the "roughstock" events, in which a cowboy must ride a wild bucking horse or bull for eight seconds, to the timed events, in which competitors must rope calves with split-second precision, leap from the backs of horses to wrestle steers to the ground, or race each other in a cloverleaf pattern around barrels at breakneck speed. The book provides the fascinating details viewers can't see-such as how cowboys train, and where the bucking animals come from (they're carefully bred for their abilities and are treated very well to ensure that they have long careers). Also included are profiles of top performers and listings of world records and annual rankings. Beautifully designed and illustrated, RODEO is a thrilling celebration of America's western heritage.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I've read almost all the non-fiction rodeo books currently in print--from Chris LeDoux's Gold Buckle Dreams to the other coffee table books, and this is by far the most comprehensive, accurate "Rodeo 101"-type book.

It's not full of road stories or psychology or Hollywood flash, but if you want to get screwed down tight on the basics of rodeo, this is The One. Great photos, too...

5-0 out of 5 stars Western Opinion
This great book re-defines rodeo as a serious sport informed by the rich ranching tradion of the West. It is the only sport that has grown out of a way of life. Campion's love of the events and animals shows through again and again. Her understanding of the process and attention to detail informs all who read the book. This is a great addition to the genre, the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift
This book unfolds the legend of Rodeo. Between the entrancing photographs and the insider's view into this unique world, Campion beautifully captures a tradition that is the last vestige of the American West. The perfect gift for the rodeo enthusiast or anyone new to the sport.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and thorough
Lynn Campion has done the unthinkable: she's written a readable coffee table book. Each rich photograph is worthy of the 1,000 words that follow, providing the reader with a behind-the-scenes look at the art and sport of rodeo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
This is the perfect book to appreciate the art of Rodeo. It captures all the details from behind the scenes, giving the true flavor of what Rodeo is all about. From the cowboys to the animals that are so integral to the sport, you learn about the incredible effort and care that goes into every aspect.

The photos are fantastic, capturing moments that often go unseen. After reading it, and absorbing all the intricate photographs, you never look at Rodeos quite the same way again. Highly Reccomend. ... Read more


3. Ring of Fire : The Guts and Glory of the Professional Bull Riding Tour
by Andy Watson, Gary Jensen
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Catlog: Book (2000-10)
Publisher: Triumph Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ring of Fire
This is a great book. It shows that bullriding is one of the most thrilling and exciting sports that there is. Even though bullriding has long been overlooked by the sports world, thePBR organization has made this sport one of the most popular and this book shows you why. The pictures are a fan's dream come true and the book is beautifully put together. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes excitement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is one of my all time favorite books! It has so many pictures of bulls like Dillinger, Red Wolf, and Promise Land.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
If you like Pro Bull Riding, this book is a must, a very beautiful, moving edition. If you aren't a fan, you should check it out anyway. The photography is truly fantastic and makes the sport look even more dramatic, intense, and personal than it already is. ... Read more


4. Team Penning: A Fundamental Guide
by Terry von Gease
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Asin: 1577330706
Catlog: Book (1999-11-23)
Publisher: Blue Dolphin Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The interesting thing about Team Penning is that losing is pretty much like winning, except it takes longer and you don't get any money.On the other hand, people who say winning isn't everything probably have never won anything.

An entertaining and essential guide to Team Penning, explaining some of the fundamental philosophies and how to put them to work. This is a somewhat different approach than traditional guides which merely present a definition of what Team Penning is and perhaps a cookbook of recipes for dealing with specific imaginary sitiuations.

This little book explores the central principles of Team Penning and provides both novice and experienced penners with food for thought, perhaps even provokes thought, as well as provides practical advice. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Less than I had hoped for
After reading the previous Amazon.com review I gladly purchased this book. I was frankly disappointed by both the size (tiny book) and the lack of fundamentals expressed. The author seems to almost patronize the reader in his simplicity. It was tantamount to expressing that the fundamental of football is scoring more points than the other team and that the details are not important. I have penned for 4 years now competitively and learned very little from this book. I hope that future authors in this sport not scrimp on details and really provide specific details of "how to". On the bright side a few "gems" were offered such as "if you chase cattle they will run from you" so "put the cow between you and where you want it to go". The Livingston team penning book also offered by Amazon.com is much better for both the novice and advanced penner.

5-0 out of 5 stars I laughed and I learned!
I found *Team Penning: A Fundamental Guide* to be both entertaining and very educational. The book provides general philosophies regarding WHY? and the reader is far better prepared to enter the team penning arena than the more typical "if A happens do B" approach. Understanding WHY B works better prepares the reader to respond to variations ... and you certainly encounter variations in team penning! Explaining the fundamentals in succinct and humorous format makes them easier to remember.

Recommended reading for anyone considering trying team penning, and I suspect reading this book would enhance the skills of many already involved in the sport. And while you're reading, be prepared to grin. ... Read more


5. Biting The Dust: The Wild Ride And Dark Romance Of The Rodeo Cowboy And The American West
by Dirk Johnson
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Bison Books
Sales Rank: 624985
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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To the fan, the rodeo cowboy is the distinctly American embodiment of the romantic Old West. But to the young men who live the profession, the realities are modest pay, continuous travel, and the constant threat of injury. While he was the Denver bureau chief of the New York Times, Dirk Johnson spent a year on the professional rodeo circuit with cowboys, watching them try to hang on to bucking horses and Brahma bulls-and to wives and livelihoods that seemed only one fall away from disappearing. Biting the Dust covers the circuit's biggest events in Denver, the capital of the New West, to small towns on the Great Plains like McCook, Nebraska, where rodeo continues to thrive even as the population shrinks. Johnson takes the reader beyond sentimental visions of the rodeo cowboy and the American West and provides an unforgettable and authentic story of the rodeo today.

Dirk Johnson is the Chicago bureau chief for Newsweek magazine and a five-time winner of the New York Times Publisher's Award. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True stories of rodeo life
I was blown away by this book for 2 reasons: 1. I have rodeoed before and knew exactly what these guys (and families) go through; and 2) Dirk Johnson did not sugar coat anything, he did not make them out to be something they're not, nor did he "sell out" their stories as real life stories are done so many times in the entertainment industry.It's great to see that people actually take an interest in their lifestyle, profession, job or whatever you choose to call it.I highly recommend this book for the person who doesn't know the 1st thing about rodeo or for a veteran of the sport/profession.

5-0 out of 5 stars TRUE TO LIFE
A BOOK FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BEHIND THE CHUTES AND THOSE WHO LONG TO

5-0 out of 5 stars if you want to know why...
I became intrigued with rodeo, 10/93, while dating a PRCA steerwrestler.PRCA cowboys earn less than you or I, get injured beyond repair, with no health insurance to pay the bills...heck..they often die doing what theylove.I wanted to know "why" they pursue this lifestyle.So...Isearched for anything I could find to get a better understanding. Ihappened upon Dirk Johnson doing a local TV interview, prior to the GrandNationals (10/95), and wrote down the name of his book.It's out of print,but, if you can get a copy it's worth it. I now know more about"why" they do what they do, and I've also had the opportunity tochat with the some of the cowboys Dirk followed for his book.They arewonderful and so is this book.I've read it several times, and if I couldjust get it back from my friend MB, I'll read it again!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping realistic
This book to me tells of real life, real heartache and real people who struggle in a very competitive and low paying sport. There is no second best in my opion only that gold buckle

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for anyone interested in rodeo.
I really enjoyed this book.It gave an incredably detailed portayal ofthe modern cowboy and didn't glorify the job in the slightest.The authorsimply tells the truth of the log drives and injuries and costs ofcompeting in professional rodeo. Anyone who's interested in professionalrodeo will feel a little like a cowboy after reading this book.If youwant the stark reality of rodeo life, nothing shows it better. I loved howthe author focused on the lives of more than one cowboy and didn't leaveany detail out.The reader feels like he knows every person involved bythe end. ... Read more


6. Roughstock: The Mud, the Blood, and the Beer
by Ty Murray, Kendra Santos
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Equimedia Corporation
Sales Rank: 255218
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Famed rodeo rider Ty Murray, "The King of the Cowboys," shares recollections of his amazing career in the roughstock events. These events-bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding-are the most dangerous and physically demanding in the sport of rodeo. Murray recalls wild adventures on the road with rodeo buddies Lane Frost, Cody Lambert, Tuff Hedeman, and Jim Sharp, as well as the humorous antics and tragic accidents that have shaped their friendships. He discusses the business side of life on the rodeo circuit, from evaluating stock to managing a hectic traveling schedule. Murray explains what it takes to put his life on the line every time he crawls into the saddle to ride the meanest, toughest broncs and bulls. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Ol'e Boy
this book was great on many different levles because we got to see a side of Ty that we can't when watching him preform. the pictures were great and his words told a story that only rodeo cowboys like me and him and many others will only know. even if you are not a rodeo cowboy/ or fan pick it up it's an easy read and will take you into a life of one grat one and maybe be the greatest. a life much of the world is afraid, and skepical of. ROCK ON TY....... ... Read more


7. Rodeo Legends : Twenty Extraordinary Athletes of America's Sport (Western Horseman Books)
by Gavin Ehringer
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Western Horseman
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The life and times of the sport of rodeo's twenty greatest athletes, with hundreds of dramatic photographs.
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8. They Call Me Sid Rock: Rodeo's Extreme Cowboy
by Sid Steiner, Jim Pomerantz
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Sid Steiner is a fourth-generation legend rodeo star in one of the fastest growing sports in the country; his autobiography covers his family history as well as his life from popular son of a star to becoming the 2002 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Champion. ... Read more


9. Rodeo in America: Wranglers, Roughstock, & Paydirt
by Wayne S. Wooden, Gavin Ehringer
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Rodeo in America celebrates a great national pastime and tradition. Taking the reader "behind the chutes," Wayne Wooden and Gavin Ehringer reveal the essential character of rodeo culture today and show why it retains such a strong hold on the American imagination.

As the authors detail, contemporary rodeo has evolved into a much publicized big-time phenomenon even as it strives to stay close to its fundamental cowboy roots. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) now sanctions 750 to 800 annual rodeos worth more than $22 million in prize money, attended by nearly 20 million spectators, and watched by millions more on ESPN and TNN. The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) alone offers more than $2 million in prize money and is attended by 170,000 spectators every December in Las Vegas.

Filled with telling anecdotes and insightful observations, the authors highlight rodeo's glamour and glory, hazards and hardships, while clarifying its many dimensions as sport, profession, business, community event, family tradition, and pop cultural icon. Bareback and bull riders, calf ropers and steer wrestlers, barrel racers and saddle bronc busters, bullfighters and arena clowns, stock breeders and local organizers, judges and journalists, the famous and aspiring, winners and losers--all are given their due in a work that reflects the enormous allure and demands of rodeo life.

Based on research and interviews conducted at the National Finals, as well as at rodeos large and small in San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Cheyenne, Calgary, Dodge City, Pendleton, and Prescott, among many others, Rodeo in America provides an entertaining and highly readable guide for aficionados and novices alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The true rodeo book
I just recently dicovered this book and boy was I surprised. Personally, I found this book very helpful for the fact that I am a bullrider myself and found the information within it's pages very useful and insightful. It explains the origins of rodeo to the very way to play the game! With in-depth pages on Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Bullriding, Barrel-Racing, and almost every other rodeo event, I don't think you'll find a clearer perspective on rodeo unless you started riding! Please take it from me, for the best book on rodeo, look to "Rodeo In America"

4-0 out of 5 stars An Overview from the Inside
Personal quotes from current and former rodeo participants enliven this look at one of America's oldest sports.Using the results of a questionnaire, you learn how they think of their lives and their jobs.The authors delve into the good and bad of rodeo, from the financial cost tothe medical woes, from the exclusion of women to the changes in the sport,from rodeo history to its possible future.If you're interested in rodeo,you should get this book.... ... Read more


10. Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History
by Joy S. Kasson
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-17)
Publisher: Hill & Wang
Sales Rank: 194764
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainment

Canada, and Europe. Crowds cheered as cowboys and Indians--and Annie Oakley!--galloped past on spirited horses, sharpshooters exploded glass balls tossed high in the air, and cavalry troops arrived just in time to save a stagecoach from Indian attack. Vivid posters on billboards everywhere made William Cody, the show's originator and star, a world-renowned figure.
Joy S. Kasson's important new book traces Cody's rise from scout to international celebrity, and shows how his image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity" yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of the American tradition.

But how, precisely, did that come about? How, for example, did Cody use his audience's memories of the Civil War and the Indian wars? He boasted that his show included participants in the recent conflicts it presented theatrically, yet he also claimed it evoked "memories" of America's bygone greatness. Kasson's shrewd, engaging study--richly illustrated--in exploring the disappearing boundary between entertainment and public events in American culture, shows us just how we came to imagine our memories.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Tedious and Redundant
I was stunned by how a subject such as the Wild West shows could be presented in such a tiresome manner. The author makes the same two or three points over and over again (the meat of her book) and spends the rest of the book detailing lithographs and program covers -- copies of which appear in the book. I stuck with it to the end, but was frustrated by it being a bad read and a waste of time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buffalo Bill was a Major Stud Dude
This is an outstanding scholarly study of Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show. Kasson deals with her subject sympathetically and never leaps to politically correct judgments. Kasson not only offers a biography of Buffalo Bill and a study of the cultural meaning of his Wild West, but also a study of how Indians and other marginalized groups figured in the Wild West show. Excellent book. Buy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A solid must-have
After checking this book out of the library and reading some of it, we knew we had to own it. Kasson writes well for the serious amateur of the Wild West, and the scholarship appears solid. It's clearly a work of contemporary history-writing, in that Kasson is very attentive to how we re-tell our past to ourselves, how myths and celebrity develop. In this respect it resembles Paul Reddin's "Wild West Shows" (University of Illinois Press, 1999), which we also recommend. Readers who want to know what it was REALLY like on the plains will want to consult other books.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important analysis of America's first celebrity
Joy Kasson uses the story of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show to tell us about the beginnings of celebrity in America. Tracing Buffalo Bill's life from Army scout through Wild West show impresario she reveals how Cody "created an American memory through entertainment" by bringing together Northerners and former Confederates in the final decade of the nineteenth century for a shared and comforting interpretation of American identity. The imperialist story the Wild West Show told was legitimizing to American's who wanted to view their destruction of native American life in their westward advancement as the justifiable acts by victims of murderous natives, now happily tamed as actors, rather than the other way around. She demonstrates how Buffalo Bill's thesis about western conquest by white Americans influenced the twentieth century interpretation of American history in many ways, not the least of which was the Boy Scouts, and particulary through the powerful genre of the motion picture, in which Cody's influence was seminal.

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show promoters were among the first to manipulate the public through advertising and image building. Kasson has given new insight into a late twentieth century culture that produced such phenomena as an actor as president, spin doctors and focus groups, and in countless other ways blurred the line between performance and reality.

A book both scholarly and readable, Buffalo Bill's Wild West has broken new ground in our understanding of the beginnings of our celebrity culture. ... Read more


11. Man, Beast, Dust: The Story Of The Rodeo
by Clifford P. Westermeier
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Publisher: Bison Books
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Ever since the early cowboys cut a swath through the open range and the bawdy cow towns, rodeo has been part of the American scene. Today it has a huge following. Alive with color, movement, and sharp observation, Man, Beast, Dust tells the story of rodeo from its beginnings. Clifford P. Westermeier takes us along the dusty trails traveled by cowhands of only yesterday-to Cheyenne, Pecos City, Prescott, Lander, and Miles City. We attend "two-bit," one-day shows and the fabulous arena contests of the cities. We rodeo with the champions across America as well as with those in Canada, England, South America, and Australia.

Clifford P. Westermeier (1910-87) was a noted historian and painter of the West. Bill Crawford is a former editor of Prorodeo Sports News, the official publication of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Kristine Fredriksson is a rodeo authority who traces the developments on the rodeo scene and books on the subject from 1945 to 1986. ... Read more


12. Wild West Shows and the Images of American Indians, 1883-1933
by L.G. Moses
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Asin: 0826320899
Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Sales Rank: 500624
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Between the 1880s and the 1930s Show Indians depicted their warfare with whites and portrayed scenes from their culture in productions that traveled throughout the United States and Europe and drew huge audiences, well over a million people in 1885 alone. The view that they were tipi-and-war-bonnet Indians exploited by entrepreneurs like Buffalo Bill was commonly held by reformers of the 1890s, and has been uncritically accepted ever since. This book, now available in paperback, is the first to examine the lives and experiences of Show Indians from their own point of view. Their dances, re-enactments of battles, and village encampments, the author demonstrates, helped preserve the Indians' cultural heritage through decades of forced assimilation.

This book also looks at Wild West shows as ventures in the entertainment business. By considering financing, scripting, recruitment, logistics, and public and creditor perceptions, L. G. Moses reveals the complexity of the enterprise and the numerous, and often contradictory, meanings the shows had for Indians, entrepreneurs, audiences, and government officials. ... Read more


13. Fifty Years of High School Rodeo in Louisiana
by Tom Watson
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Asin: 0967190401
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Pine Orchard Press
Sales Rank: 2122858
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From pole bending to bronc riding, Tom Watson leads you through 50 exciting years of high school rodeo in the state of Louisiana. The book is filled with a collection of 75 photos and the historical background of the people who gave high school rodeo its solid foundation today. ... Read more


14. Rodeo Queens and the American Dream
by Joan Burbick
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Asin: 1586481118
Catlog: Book (2002-10-09)
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Sales Rank: 416201
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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A bittersweet journey into the lives of women who have worked the rodeo circuit from the 1930s to today.

Rodeo has always been considered a supremely masculine sport, a rough and tumble display of macho strength and skill. But author Joan Burbick shows us the other side of rodeo: the world of rodeo queens--part cowgirl and part pageant princess--who wave and smile and keep the dream of the ideal Western woman alive.

So who are the women behind the candy-red chaps, Farrah Fawcett curls, and rhinestone tiaras? Burbick traveled the backroads of the rural West for years, trying to find out. She interviewed dozens of queens, including rodeo royalty from the 1930s and 40s, women who grew up breaking wild horses, branding calves, and witnessing the sad decline of the ranching life. Stories from white and Native American rodeo queens in the 1950s and 1960s, the golden age of rodeo, reveal the conflicts over gender and race that shaped the rodeo and the Cold War politics of small Western towns. Finally, rodeo queens from the 1970s to the present describe a more fiercely commercial rodeo, driven largely by TV ratings and sponsorships, glitter and hairspray.

Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs, this rich tapestry of women's voices echoes and challenges our clichés of the rural West. Their combined stories of fulfilled dreams and lost hopes reveal the tenacity of the myth of the American West, a place of muscled men, golden-haired women, relentless beauty and tragic limits. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Women's stories tell of their successes and failures
Joan Burbick's Rodeo Queens And The American Dream examines the women of the rodeo: those who traveled the rural West for years and who became 'rodeo royalty' from the 1930s onward. Women's stories tell of their successes and failures riding the rodeo circuit in this involving guide.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
As a rodeo competitor, rodeo queen, and cowgirl I was at time offended at this book and the terribly untrue and negative it said about rodeo... and the people who embrace the western lifestyle. I only finished the book to hear the rest of what the author had to say. I was excited to start reading it, and disgusted when I was done. If you want to know the real view and role of women in the west you won't find it in this book..keep looking. ... Read more


15. Riders of the West: Portraits from Indian Rodeo
by Peter Iverson, Linda Maccannell
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Asin: 0295977868
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Sales Rank: 499077
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16. Training and Showing the Cutting Horse
by Lynn Campion
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Asin: 1585741841
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 166229
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The cutting horse's instinct for isolating a single cow from the herd has become the basis for one of the world's fastest growing sports. In Training and Showing the Cutting Horse, Lynn Campion draws on her own experience as well as the wisdom of leading trainers and riders. The result is a book that explains what was once available only through word of mouth. Here is tried-and-true advice for both beginning cutters and more experienced riders looking to improve their competitive skills. (7 X 91/4, 208 pages, b&w photos, diagrams) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with practical ideas
Lynn Campion's Training And Showing The Cutting Horse uses the author's own experience as well as the experiences of leading trainers and riders to explore horse-training tips for both beginners and experienced cutting horse riders. Packed with practical ideas. ... Read more


17. Rodeo Time in Sheridan Wyo
by Tom Ringley
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Asin: 1932636048
Catlog: Book (2004-04)
Publisher: Pronghorn Press
Sales Rank: 2038916
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18. College Rodeo: From Show to Sport (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas a & M University)
by Sylvia Gann Mahoney, Tuff Hedeman
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Asin: 158544331X
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Sales Rank: 385343
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Rodeo, the sport of epic legends. Cowboys and cowgirls use brain and brawn to contend for prizes and placement, but more often than not, it is the prestige of honorable competition that spurs them on. College Rodeo covers the history of the sport on college campuses from the first organized contest in 1920 to the national championship of 2003.

In the early years of the twentieth century, a growing number of kids from farms and ranches attended college, many choosing the land grant institutions that allowed them to prepare for agricultural careers back home. They brought with them a love for the skills, challenges, and competition they had known-a taste for rodeo. The first-ever college rodeo was held in 1920 at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, as Texas A&M was then known. It offered bronco busting, goat roping, saddle racing, polo, a greased pig contest, and country music. The rodeo was a fund-raising effort that grew enormously popular; by its third year, the rodeo at Texas A&M drew some fifteen hundred people. The idea spread to other campuses, and in 1939, the first intercollegiate rodeo with eleven colleges and universities competing was held at the ranch arena of an entrepreneur near Victorville, California.

Since that time, college rodeo has thrived on campuses throughout the West. Sylvia Gann Mahoney now presents the first history of the sport, tracing its growth parallel to that of professional rodeo and the development of the organizational structure that today governs college rodeo. She draws on personal interviews as well as the archives of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and newspaper accounts from participating schools and their hometowns.

Mahoney chronicles the events, profiles winners, highlights outstanding individuals, and analyzes the organizational efforts that have contributed to the colorful history of college rodeo. She traces the changing role of women and notes their victories, which were ignored by much of the contemporary press in the early days of the sport.

College Rodeo gives credit to the pioneers of college rodeo and includes rare photographs of rodeo teams, champions, and rodeo queens, blended with the true-to-life details of sweat ... Read more


19. Roughstock: The Toughest Events in Rodeo
by John Annerino
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Asin: 1568581777
Catlog: Book (2000-11-30)
Publisher: Tide-Mark Press, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 408542
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The cowboy is an American classic who taps into a wellspring of cultural memories. And the most thrilling real-life setting for a modern cowboy is roughstock rodeo, an edge sport that makes professional wrestling look like a picnic. Celebrating this increasingly popular event is Roughstock, the first full-color photography book dedicated solely to rodeo culture. Photojournalist John Annerino's quest to capture this extreme sport on film has come with a cost - he's been clipped by bulls and stomped, kicked, and trampled by broncos. From California to Virginia, Roughstock documents Native American, African-American, all-women, and traditional rodeos with a gallery of unforgettable characters and the animals they try to tame - with 130 full-color shots that are up close, mean, and personal, and never before published. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING ROUNDUP OF ROUGHSTOCK RODEO -True West
A "riveting roundup of roughstock rodeo...readers will hail it as mighty worthwhile."- TRUE WEST

5-0 out of 5 stars The spirit and tradition of the American west captured.
Roughstock:The Toughest Events in Rodeo joins a growing body of work by the photojournalist John Annerino that portrays the American western culture with a photographic passion and historical perspective. This book portrays "the cowboy" as a diverse and multiethnic persona not the traditional "Marboro Man" and conveys through his thoughtful and well researched essay that the traditional image was never in fact the case. Annerino's photographs show the action of the roughstock rodeo events and bring to life the men and women who participate in them. The images are full of action and the sense of danger and risks are coupled with an intimacy created by his use of light and in his portraits of the cowboys. There is a rhythm and dance to the photos that creates a timelessness to the action. The book is wonderfully edited and layed out and may be the author's finest work to date. ... Read more


20. Rodeo Girl
by Lisa Eisner
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Asin: 0967236606
Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
Publisher: Greybull Press
Sales Rank: 244496
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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While growing up in Wyoming, style obsessed photographer Lisa Eisner became fascinated with fashion. The sparkle of rodeo queens, visions in rhinestones and sequins perched on big powerful horses, dazzled and inspired her into a career as a fashion editor. In 1994, Lisa went home and began to capture the beauty and strength of the women in rodeo in these intimate, vibrant and often humorous photographs. This collection of rich American imagery evokes all the brilliance and majesty of the West, shifting attention from the usual cast of characters, the cowboys, to the unsung heroes, the rodeo girls. Orchestrated by designer Dimitri Levas, this book makes you want to dress up in denim and diamonds, mount a horse and ride off into the sunset, or at the very least, sit up and shout "where is my tiara?!"

"There's a saying, 'When a girl from Wyoming ends up traveling around the world she's got to have a story.' Well, this is Lisa Eisner's story. Her book of photographs is like Frank Capra goes John Ford. Lisa's pride in her neighbors, mixed with her warmth and glamorous wit, makes you want to raise your martini glass and toast her." Bruce Weber ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fine Photographs Preserve a Little Bit of History
Rodeo Girl is a spectacular and refreshing collection of photographs that will surely appeal to anyone interested in photography, the rodeo, or both. As an age of technology engulfs our world like a whirlwind, Lisa Eisner's lens takes the viewer through frames of the rodeo as though it were a ballad to an endangered species, a slow, lasting glimpse before it disappears forever into the sunset. Eisner finds in the rodeo what most photographers only dream of -- an opportunity to craft deliberate compositions of the spontaneous. And she takes advantage of that opportunity brilliantly. While many of the photographs are indeed of rodeo girls, the palette of subjects depicted is actually much broader. Personally, I like Eisner's sense of photographic artistry, and the high print quality helps do it justice. Among other things, with photographs in colour as well as black & white, warm tones seem to be preferred throughout which makes for a classic appearance and suits the rodeo theme well. To truly enjoy this book, set aside any preconceived notions you might have, take it one page at a time, and turn each one slowly. Otherwise, you might easily miss barrel racer Katie McCoin at Cheyenne taking time out to write a note to someone, hopeful yet easygoing Candice Fernets at the national high school finals in Gillette beaming a winsome smile wide as the West, champion steer wrestler Denver Gilbert spending a quiet moment in the truck, an ever-patient cowboy on the fence with the sun setting in the background, and many, many more memorable scenes of the rodeo that this wonderful collection of photographs will never let us forget. We are left anxiously awaiting the next rodeo, hopefully with Eisner close behind rounding up another volume of luminous photographs.

1-0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED!!
I'm really disappointed. As a current title holder and someone who has competed for national titles I don't think this book is really accurate. It is billed as a rodeo queen pictorial, but the pictures are so limited. It's about rodeo culture. Not rodeo queens.

There are so many pictures of random rodeo scenes. In fact, I think it gives the layperson a really negative view of the rodeo culture. The pictures are over exposed and the way they are printed make them seem so dated. It's almost embarrasing. The few pictures that she had of queens weren't great, nothing to write home about. If they were of myself, I probably wouldn't buy the book.

To me it was a disappointing waste of money. But if she got THIS published, I know I could put my personal photos together, not rake the time to title them and be a hit!

1-0 out of 5 stars Rodeo Girl...a book of pictures
I was disappointed in this book. I have met and spent time with Miss Rodeo America 1999 and 2000, and the Miss Rodeo California's from 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 as well as held rodeo queen titles of my own.

I purchased this book as a resource for rodeo and queen competitions. I expected a book about the life of a rodeo queen and some of the challenges and triumphs that are experienced by the first ladies of rodeo. This book is unfortunately of little to no use for current or potential rodeo queen competitors.

Much to my surprise, this book is a compilation of untitled photos that depict candid images of rodeo queens, children, and cowboys in a variety of rodeo-ish settings. As a coffee table book, this would be great, if all I wanted was a book of pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing could be better
If you have the slightest interest in this book, GET IT! It has the best photos of exactly "Rodeo Girl". Lots of sequins, lots of hair. It looks great on a coffee table too.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Review: RODEO GIRL
I am an avid rodeo fan and have been involved with rodeo queens for many years. The pictures in this book are quality pictures that I could relate to and understand.

However, to the lay person, without captions or stories, these pictures don't tell their "story". There are several pictures of "rodeo girls", but the title doesn't accurately represent what is inside the book. There is an index in the back of the book that gives a brief description of who is in the picture, but it is difficult to tie to the pictures because they are not numbered.

A good book, terrific pictures that tell a story, but not a book that would appeal to a broad group of people. ... Read more


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