Publication: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1977, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
First edition. 4to. Signed by the author on the half title page. Cloth, titles stamped in gilt on the front cover and spine, tan front and rear endpapers, 256 pp., forewords, large, lavishly illustrated volume on the rodeo with numerous illustrations from photographs by Lewis Portnoy. double column, glossary, acknowledgments. In writing this book, the author embedded himself in the world of the rodeo cowboy. St. John traveled with them from rodeo to rodeo, sat up with them in motel rooms late at night, listened to their stories, and captured the way they talked and their personalities. Getting to know many of them individually, he gives us an intimate look at their personal and professional lives. St. John also explains the various events--- bronc and bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and more. There are chapters devoted to the origins of the rodeo, men who provide the stock, the major and minor rodeos, and the most important cowboys of all--- the rodeo clowns. Larry McMurtry once described this book as the best book ever written on the rodeo and I could not agree more.
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