Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass

Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass

by John Cypher


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Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass by John Cypher

Ranching on the vast scale that Texas is famous for actually happened at King Ranch, a sea of grass that ultimately spread its pastures to countries around the globe under the fifty-year leadership of Bob Kleberg. This absorbing biography, written by Kleberg's top assistant of many years, captures both the life of the man and the spirit of the kingdom he ruled, offering a rare, insider's view of life on a fabled Texas ranch.

John Cypher spent forty years (1948-1988) on King Ranch. In these pages, he melds highlights of Kleberg's life with memories of his own experiences as the "right hand" who implemented many of Kleberg's grand designs. In a lively story laced with fascinating anecdotes he both recounts his worldwide travels with Kleberg as the ranch expanded its holdings to Latin America, Cuba, Australia, the Philippines, Europe, and Africa, and describes timeless, traditional tasks such as roundup at the home ranch in Kingsville.

Kleberg's accomplishments as the founder of the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed and a breeder of Thoroughbred racing horses receive full attention, as does his fabled lifestyle, which included friendships not merely with the rich and famous but also with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who shared his love of horse racing. For everyone interested in ranching and one of its most famous practitioners, this book will be essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292711877
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Pages: 267
Sales rank: 659,569
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Former Assistant to the President of King Ranch, the late John Cypher was a resident of Kingsville, Texas, and a regular contributing columnist to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • One. The Beginning, Century II
  • Two. Embellishing a Legacy
  • Three. Let's Go to a Roundup
  • Four. Simple Styles, Simple Habits
  • Five. On Entering Another World
  • Six. Going International: The First Step
  • Seven. Inventing a Beef Factory—Venezuela
  • Eight. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
  • Nine. Brazil, a Multifaceted Adventure
  • Ten. Argentine Problems, People Problems
  • Eleven. Versailles via Flushing Meadows
  • Twelve. Another World, Down Under
  • Thirteen. From the New Cattle World to the Old
  • Fourteen Decision Making, the Contorted Process
  • Fifteen. The Trials of the Two Kings
  • Sixteen. We Say Good-bye
  • Afterword
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Tom Lea

"Nobody on this earth but you could have written this book with such intimate knowledge of the subject. You have given me insights and information I never had in forty years of devotion to the King Ranch. I salute you."

David Murrah

". . . a valuable contribution to an understanding of the rich, on-going history of the King Ranch. . . the author is articulate, skillful, and best of all, an excellent storyteller."

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