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The Mustangs
     

The Mustangs

by J. Frank Dobie, Charles Banks Wilson (Illustrator), Charles Banks Wilson (Illustrator)
 

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Like the wild West Wind that Shelley yearned to be, the mustangs, the best ones at least, were "tameless, and swift, and proud" Their essence was the spirit of freedom. Writing about them at a time when so many proclaimers of liberty are strangling it, I have desired a book that from the first sentence to the last would express "pard-like spirit."

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Like the wild West Wind that Shelley yearned to be, the mustangs, the best ones at least, were "tameless, and swift, and proud" Their essence was the spirit of freedom. Writing about them at a time when so many proclaimers of liberty are strangling it, I have desired a book that from the first sentence to the last would express "pard-like spirit."

The historian must have the perspective of imagination in order to arrive at truth, but he cannot, like the novelist, discard those facts that "fail to comply with the logic of his character." Only stubborn facts in human history can explain the arrival of mustang horses upon the land where, in association with mustang men, they ran their course of freedom. After all, only segments in their lives "pard-like" Components of the full round included very earthy materials. To comprehend stallions that bore conquistadores across the Americas, I had to go back to mares beside black tents in Arabian deserts. Before I could release myself with the runners of aboriginal wildness, I had to trace the Spanish horse through the Age of Horse Culture that he brought not only to western tribes but to white men who took their ranges. My chief pleasure has been in telling tales, legendary as well as factual, of mustangs and of rides on horses of the mustang breed - but historical business had to come before pleasure.

Editorial Reviews

New York Herald Tribune
"This is a magnificent book, so packed with lore and legend that one is not conscious of the fact that it is history, too. Frank Dobie tells the story of the mustangs . . . The story too of the men, and the way of life the mustang brought into being."—New York Herald Tribune
New York Times
"Mr. Dobie brings together all his findings in a single book of solid scholarship, documented to the hilt, and inspired by his unflagging enthusiasm for the wild free creatures of the West. The Mustangs will probably remain the standard work on the subject."—New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785811312
Publisher:
Book Sales, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.43(d)

Meet the Author

J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) was for many years secretary-editor of the Texas Folklore Society, taught at universities in Texas and Oklahoma as well as in England, Germany, and Austria, and wrote seventeen books on Texas and southwestern life, including The Voice of the Coyote, available in a Bison Books edition. Dayton O. Hyde is a rancher, conservationist, photographer, and author of many books, including Don Coyote: The Good Times and Bad Times of a Much Maligned American Original and Island of the Loons. He is the founder of the Institute of Range and the American Mustang, which creates sanctuaries for wild horses in South Dakota.

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