"A can't-put-it-down modern Western." —Kirk Siegler, NPR
Longlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
The Last Cowboys is Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Branch’s epic tale of one American family struggling to hold on to the fading vestiges of the Old West. For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders—many call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Now they find themselves fighting to save their land and livelihood as the West is transformed by urbanization, battered by drought, and rearranged by public-land disputes. Could rodeo, of all things, be the answer? Written with great lyricism and filled with vivid scenes of heartache and broken bones, The Last Cowboys is a powerful testament to the grit and integrity that fuel the American Dream.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Journalist John Branch paints a tender, fascinating, Technicolor portrait of the Wrights: a family of Utah cattle ranchers and champion rodeo riders. He’s a wonderful storyteller—he shares the precious memories and anecdotes he’s collected from several generations of the clan with awe and infectious enthusiasm. Reading The Last Cowboys, we learned a lot about life on the rodeo circuit and the challenges of farming in the modern world. But what lingered was our affection for the Wrights, whose humility, decency, doggedness, and love of family harken to a different time.
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This is as close as most will probably come to knowing the life of a genuine contemporary cowboy and it resonated with my memories of being raised on wild-west stories. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and respect the family that allowed the author access to their lives. In the end, I found myself wanting to know more about the women of the family, but then it wouldn’t be “The Last American Cowboys”, would it..