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The wild horse, or mustang, is an important part of the culture, history, and imagination of the American West. The title of this well-written equine tribute is somewhat of a misnomer: only the book's last section focuses on mustangs, concentrating on Nevada, where the majority of the country's remaining wild horse population resides. The first two-thirds treats readers to a history lesson, both about the evolution of the horse through the centuries and the history of the horse on the North American continent. Also introduced are some of the legendary horses and riders and handlers who have been part of American culture: Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show; the great war horse Comanche; Fritz, a Nevada mustang who was the first equine movie star; and many others. These tales can be frustrating to the reader as parts of them are based on conjecture. Where written records were incomplete or contradictory, Stillman (Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave) has filled in the details with what might have happened. However, the author draws on extensive research, and her speculations are well supported. She also grew up around horses and feels a strong affinity for the desert. This book will appeal to serious horse enthusiasts, especially those who are interested in the history of human interaction with these noble animals. An optional purchase, where interest warrants.