The King Of The Cowboys

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The King Of The Cowboys by Ty Murray

The most famous rodeo champion of all time tells his amazing true story — and opens a fascinating window into the world of the professional cowboy.

Ty Murray was born to be a rodeo star — in fact, his first words were "I'm a bull rider." Before he was even out of diapers, he was climbing atop his mother's Singer sewing machine case, which just so happened to be the perfect mechanical bull for a 13-month-old. Before long, Ty was winning peewee events by the hatful, and his special talent was obvious...obvious even to a man called Larry Mahan. At the time the greatest living rodeo legend, six-time champion Mahan invited a teenaged Ty Murray to spend a summer on his ranch learning not just rodeoing but also some life lessons. Those lessons prepared Ty for a career that eventually surpassed even Mahan's own — Ty's seven All-Around Championships.

In King of the Cowboys, Ty Murray invites us into the daredevil world of rodeo and the life of the cowboy. Along the way, he details a life spent constantly on the road, heading to the next event; the tragic death of his friend and fellow rodeo star Lane Frost; and the years of debilitating injuries that led some to say Ty Murray was finished.

He wasn't. In fact, Ty Murray has brought the world of rodeo into the twenty-first century, through his unparalleled achievements in the ring, through advancing the case for the sport as a television color-commentator, and through the Professional Bull Riders, an organization he helped to build.

In the end, though, Ty Murray is first and foremost a cowboy, and now that he's retired from competition, he takes this chance to reflect on his remarkable life and career. In King of the Cowboys, Ty Murray opens up his world as never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416570394
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/09/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 564,172
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ty Murray was born in Glendale, Arizona, in 1969. By the time he was nineteen he had won Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Overall and Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year. The following year, he won his first PRCA World All-Around Championship, and by 23 was the youngest cowboy millionaire the sport had ever known. In all, he has won a record seven all-arounds, as well as PRCA World Bull Riding titles in 1993 and 1998, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average crowns in 1993 (bareback riding) and 1998 (bull riding). In 2000, Ty Murray was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and he retired from professional rodeo in 2001. He lives in Stephenville, Texas.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As Ty's college counselor his first year in collegiate and pro competition, I can assure readers....this book will be real. He always had one speed, his best. I'm thrilled to see others get the chance to meet him through this book
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makennajohnson More than 1 year ago
The book King of the Cowboys is an autobiography about the rodeo star Ty Murray. In the book, Ty describes his life in Rodeo and his journey to being the best bull rider in the world. He explains the ups and downs of bull riding, and the close encounters of his career ending because of injuries. He shows his life in great detail. There were many messages in the book such as always following your dreams no matter what. Ty was telling people not to lose themselves while achieving everything they want. When he became the world champion, he explained that he was still a cowboy and still had the same values. The major message of the book, however, was to never give up no matter what. I personally really enjoyed the book. Growing up around rodeo, I could really relate. I also liked the voice in the story. It was very easy to understand what Murray was going through and I could almost feel his pain and joy in any exact moment in the book. I saw the movie 8 Seconds and I understood the pain that Ty Murray must have gone through with the loss of his friend Lane Frost, which he describes in remarkable detail in the book. The constant action and ups and downs in his life would leave me speechless because I could never move on with my life the way he did. I felt as if I was in the front row of every rodeo and right in the center of his journey to the top. I disliked how long some parts of his life were explained. I found the story somewhat repetitive with all the injuries and success but I still was never bored reading the book. I personally believe that this was an awesome book. It was very inspiring and I think that it would be wise for people to read it. It is definitely something interesting to read because most people do not know about rodeo and how hard it is to make it "big" in the career. Ty's persistence and strength in his times of loss and injury in 1998 were truly something I did not expect. After the death of his friend, I did not know how he could continue his career knowing that at any moment in time a bull could also kill him. Ty Murray has not written any other books, but I would highly suggest his autobiography. His life is very interesting and the book was definitely a five star book. I actually loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well before I read this book I didn't think very highly of Ty but now that I¿ve read this and gotten to see everything that¿s happened to him I can't help but feel stupid. As I speak I have just gone through heart surgery at the age of 17. I am also a rodeo competitor. I thought not being able to ride for 2 weeks was bad, I don¿t think I could ever not ride for 3 full years. This book has been a huge inspiration to me. This book has made me want to get back to my sport that I love so much, that much more