Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West

by Deanne Stillman

Mustang is the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West. It follows the wild horse across time, from its evolutionary origins on this continent to its return with the conquistadors, its bloody battles on the old frontier, its iconic status in Buffalo Bill shows and early westerns, and its plight today as it makes its last stand on the vanishing range. With the Bureau of Land Management proposing to euthanize thousands of horses and ever-encroaching development threatening the land, the mustang’s position has never been more perilous. But as Stillman reveals, the horses are still running wild despite all the obstacles, with spirit unbroken.

Hailed by critics nationwide, Mustang is "a stunner and a heartbreaker" (Tom Ashbrook, NPR's On Point).

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547237916
  • ISBN-10: 054723791X
  • Pages: 368
  • Publication Date: 06/01/2009
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book
    Mustang is the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West. It follows the wild horse across time, from its evolutionary origins on this continent to its return with the conquistadors, its bloody battles on the old frontier, its iconic status in Buffalo Bill shows and early westerns, and its plight today as it makes its last stand on the vanishing range. With the Bureau of Land Management proposing to euthanize thousands of horses and ever-encroaching development threatening the land, the mustang’s position has never been more perilous. But as Stillman reveals, the horses are still running wild despite all the obstacles, with spirit unbroken.

    "Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative, and her vision imaginative and impressively broad." (Pam Houston, Los Angeles Times)

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    A LOS ANGELES TIMES BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
     
    “Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative and her vision imaginative and impressively broad.”
    —Los Angeles Times
     
    "A fascinating narrative with all the grace and power embodied in the wild horses that once populated the Western range by the hundreds of thousands . . .  [A] magnificently told saga."
    - - Albuquerque Journal
     
    “Powerful… Stillman’s talent as a writer makes this impossible [to stop reading], to the mustang’s benefit."
    -- Orion
     
    "A circumspect writer passionate about her purpose can produce a significant gift for readers. Stillman's wonderful chronicle of America's mustangs is an excellent example."
    --Seattle Times
     
    "Brisk, smart, thorough, and surprising."
    --Atlantic Monthly
     
    "Stillman's work is a must-read, a must-know, and a call to action for all those who hope to save the American mustang."
    --The Equestrian News
     
     “Rich imagery is a hallmark of Mustang… More important, though, is the chronicle provided, for the days of the wild mustang are fleeting as the West becomes increasingly urbanized and as some humans become less, in a word, humane.”
    —National Parks Traveler
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