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America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs--Their Pivotal Role in the History of the West, Their Return to the Wild, and the Ongoing Efforts to Preserve Them

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No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild horse--nor has any faced such diverse and potent enemies. In this provocative account, Hope Ryden--who helped to ensure the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which grants mustangs special protection--combs the history of these proud and noble horses. Descended from the S
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by The Lyons Press (first published June 30th 1978)
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Peacegal
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-gifts
This book is truly a hidden gem. Through an overwhelming amount of research, Ryden has brought us not just a history of the wild horse, but also that of the American West. History buffs are a dime a dozen at my library, and it's a shame this book is being overlooked--I think anyone who loves not just horses, but early American history, would enjoy it.

While the earliest versions of the horse evolved on the American continent, no Homo sapiens encountered them until the Spanish explorers brought t
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Mackenzie Kincaid
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive and engaging history of the wild horse in the American west. This book was published quite a few years ago now and even with recent editions won't give you the latest up to date information, but it will give you a pretty thorough understanding of how the wild horse situation came to be what it is today, why exactly the BLM's current and historical management of wild horses is so fraught, and why wild horses hold the place they do in the American consciousness. Ryden is clearly on ...more
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Author-Naturalist Hope Ryden has spent years in the field, studying and photographing North American wildlife. Her behavioral findings have been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon magazine, and her books have been translated into German, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Russian. To date she has twenty-three books to her credit, all of which are illus ...more
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