America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs-Their Pivotal Role in the History of the West, Their Return to the Wild, and the Ongoing Efforts to Preserve Them

America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs-Their Pivotal Role in the History of the West, Their Return to the Wild, and the Ongoing Efforts to Preserve Them

by Hope Ryden

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Overview

No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild horse--nor has any faced such diverse and potent enemies. In this provocative account, Hope Ryden--who helped to ensure the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which grants mustangs special protection--combs the history of these proud and noble horses. Descended from the Spanish horses ridden by the conquistadors, they evolved into the tough and intelligent ponies that Indians--and later, explorers and cowboys--learned to rely on.

From the period when wholesale extermination of the buffalo was under way until recent times, commercial and political interests have sought to eliminate the wild horses as varmints. In this update to this classic story, Ryden tells of the successes and failures of regulation, and includes stunning color photographs. The subject of a front-page article in The New York Times when it was first published, America's Last Wild Horses continues to be a compelling testament to the life of a uniquely American symbol of grace and wildness, and is a must-read for horse lovers and Western history enthusiasts everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592288731
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2005
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,239,724
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Hope Ryden is the award-winning author of more than twenty books on wild animals, including God's Dog, Bobcat Year, Lily Pond, and Wild Horses I Have Known. She lives in Wolf Lake, New York.

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America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs-Their Pivotal Role in the History of the West, Their Return to the Wild, and the Ongoing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
from the journalist extraordinaire...she spent at least 1977-78 among the Herd members; wrote This book in 1999, & UPdated it in 2005 with notes of most recent Battles to Save this Wild Society!..from the Government and Corporate GREED, that is today's America.
appaloosa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book first came to my attention when I saw a review of it in Time Magazine, 1970(!), and then again in a National Geographic issue 1977.My first copy (Ballantine Books, Inc. May 1973) became so dog-eared and worn, that I bought the revised edition (Lyons Press) as a gift to myself in Dec 2000.Quite a remarkable book in it's history, coverage and research. The mustang has been much maligned by ranchers and the U.S. government as a nuisance and classified as "domestic strays," thus various methods have been used to round up these poor beasts (remember the film "The Misfits"?)and subject them to every kind of mistreatment imagineable, including death.Thankfully, through the efforts of Ms Ryden and her book, and various animal protection agencies, we now recognize the contribution, history and legacy that these horses have played such an important part in the history and settlement of the American west. They are the only living heritage and symbol of the history of the west, and as such, should be granted protection as an endangered species from all levels of government in the U.S.A truly wonderful book. A must have for every horse lover.