The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West

Written by:
John Branch
Narrated by:
John Pruden

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
8 hours 9 minutes
A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s gripping portrait of one western family struggling to hold on to age-old American ways

New York Times reporter and bestselling author John Branch takes listeners to the magnificent red soil and rocky arroyos of southern Utah, where the Wright family of Smith Mesa have for generations raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders—some call them the most successful rodeo family in history.

Filled with vivid scenes of cattle ranching and the high drama of rodeo, The Last Cowboys follows three generations of Wrights through the seasons as they are battered by drought, the falling price of beef, battles over land-use and federal regulation, and rodeo’s ever-present risks of serious injury.

This is an epic but intimate story of real-life cowboys squeezed by social change in the twenty-first century, their soiled boots planted firmly in the past while they optimistically build a future.
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A. Longa

Like the Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams, the twists and turns that happened are not big gun fights or other thrills seen in spaghetti westerns. The growing of a family and events of living the life of rodeo professional are the intriguing events that keeps the reader engaged. With this mindset in mind, the book is a great look into the world of rodeo and cattleman going back six generations. The narrator, does a great job and really sounds like a rodeo event announcer.

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Joseph B.

A bit more than i needed to know about day to day rodeo scores but an interesting story of an amazing family dynasty in western rodeo culture. As someone who has gone to all NFR events since the start in 1985, I am familiar with them as dominant contestants.

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