When I read the summary of story in the ad for book I thought:"this is kind of silly for a Western novel.(1883 and the cowboys are paid less than $1 a day for long days, 7 days a week and dangerous work. Some of them augment their income by opening very small ranches and roping non branded cattle for their own.
Finally the powerful big ranchers give a strict code of rules they must follow, including getting rid of any cattle the cowboys own.
So many decide to strike.
But let me say this story is So Much More ! This is my first Kelton book and he write with pathos, empathy and just plain entertaining. We see both sides of the struggle through the eyes of "Hitch" , a range manager for one of the nicer big ranchers.
There is humor, bad guys and just a damned good story !
Husband read this and really liked it!!
Winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Novel
this was cowboy country once;a land of hardworking hands who frode for the brand come hell or high water. now a different breed is moving in -big outfits backed by eastern syndicaters and run by power-hungry managers,men who figure to make a profit, even if it means cowding a cowboy too far... hugh hitchcock tried to keep the peace between rancher and cowboy,but when push came to shove the wagon bosss knew where his loyalities lay.and when the ranchers stole his cattle, when they lynched his friend and hired a back shooter to put him in his grave,hekept on fighting..because even if they took everthing he had,they couldn't touch his pride-or his willingnes to fight to the end