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The West That Was

Cover: 'The West That Was'

Staff Review: "The West That Was" by John E. Eggen


John Eggen's book is a fascinating 'time travel' look back at Wild West cowboys. The hundreds of photographs found in the book date from the late 1880s and depict working cowboys in Colorado. They accurately capture the true life and times of cowboys as they round up steers, train horses, chow down around the campfire, etc. Taken together, they supply a rare, definitely non-Hollywood glimpse of how life really was for hardworking cowpokes 'way back when.'

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, history

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