An intimate look at two extraordinary figures and their secret collaboration?one that turned the alliance structure of the political world upside down In this character-driven study, acclaimed historian and bestselling author David Fromkin reveals how two colorful figures?Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh? assumed leadership of the English-speaking world at the beginning of the twentieth century. As human beings, the two men could hardly have been more different. Edward, a lover of fine food, drink, beautiful women, and the pleasure-seeking culture of Paris, had previously been regarded as nothing more than a playboy. Across the Atlantic, Theodore Roosevelt, the aristocrat from Manhattan and self-made cowboy, would rise above his critics to become one of the nation?s most beloved presidents. Together, they wrote the agenda for the North Atlantic democracies of the twentieth century.
Author: Ty Murray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-07-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The most famous rodeo champion of all time tells his amazing true story -- and opens a fascinating window into the world of the professional cowboy. Ty Murray was born to be a rodeo star -- in fact, his first words were "I'm a bull rider." Before he was even out of diapers, he was climbing atop his mother's Singer sewing machine case, which just so happened to be the perfect mechanical bull for a 13-month-old. Before long, Ty was winning peewee events by the hatful, and his special talent was obvious...obvious even to a man called Larry Mahan. At the time the greatest living rodeo legend, six-time champion Mahan invited a teenaged Ty Murray to spend a summer on his ranch learning not just rodeoing but also some life lessons. Those lessons prepared Ty for a career that eventually surpassed even Mahan's own -- Ty's seven All-Around Championships. In King of the Cowboys, Ty Murray invites us into the daredevil world of rodeo and the life of the cowboy. Along the way, he details a life spent constantly on the road, heading to the next event; the tragic death of his friend and fellow rodeo star Lane Frost; and the years of debilitating injuries that led some to say Ty Murray was finished. He wasn't. In fact, Ty Murray has brought the world of rodeo into the twenty-first century, through his unparalleled achievements in the ring, through advancing the case for the sport as a television color-commentator, and through the Professional Bull Riders, an organization he helped to build. In the end, though, Ty Murray is first and foremost a cowboy, and now that he's retired from competition, he takes this chance to reflect on his remarkable life and career. In King of the Cowboys, Ty Murray opens up his world as never before.
Author: David D. Johnson
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Few names in the lore of western gunmen are as recognizable. Few lives of the most notorious are as little known. Romanticized and made legendary, John Ringo fought and killed for what he believed was right. As a teenager, Ringo was rushed into sudden adulthood when his father was killed tragically in the midst of the family's overland trek to California. As a young man he became embroiled in the blood feud turbulence of post-Reconstruction Texas. The Mason County “Hoo Doo” War in Texas began as a war over range rights, but it swiftly deteriorated into blood vengeance and spiraled out of control as the body count rose. In this charnel house Ringo gained a reputation as a dangerous gunfighter and man killer. He was proclaimed throughout the state as a daring leader, a desperate man, and a champion of the feud. Following incarceration for his role in the feud, Ringo was elected as a lawman in Mason County, the epicenter of the feud’s origin. The reputation he earned in Texas, further inflated by his willingness to shoot it out with Victorio’s raiders during a deadly confrontation in New Mexico, preceded him to Tombstone in territorial Arizona. Ringo became immersed in the area’s partisan politics and factionalized violence. A champion of the largely Democratic ranchers, Ringo would become known as a leader of one of these elements, the Cowboys. He ran at bloody, tragic odds with the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, finally being part of the posse that hounded these fugitives from Arizona. In the end, Ringo died mysteriously in the Arizona desert, his death welcomed by some, mourned by others, wrongly claimed by a few. Initially published in 1996, John Ringo has been updated to a second edition with much new information researched and uncovered by David Johnson and other Ringo researchers.
Author: William A. Cummins
Publisher: Cai Publishing
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Performing Arts
Before horse-whispering an ole time cowboy, William A. Cummins, was changing lives with secrets he learned by talkin to horses. Over 100 photos mirror the sensibility of this soft-spoken feed-bucket philosopher and author of KING and the COWBOY. The book is deeply moving, yet never self-pitying in telling Bill s hard-knocks-but-dream-inspired story. It would have been tempting given the broad strokes of Bill's life: A childhood marked by early stardom -- he became a teenage singing cowboy on radio -- he taught a golden palomino stallion to talk and pray on stage and learned trick-roping -- they headlined as Smilin Bill and his Wonder Horse King -- the partial loss of his right hand at age nine -- the early death of his mother when he was 15 -- the heart warming solace he found in horses -- and a highly successful engineering career. Instead the book allows the facts, simply told, to carry the weight. The idea for the book came when Bill was again encouraged to perform rope tricks. With wisdom coming straight from the horse s mouth he now spins cowboy yarns and hi-tech stories.
Author: Raymond E. White
Publisher: Popular Press
Release Date: 2006-07-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
For more than sixty years, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans personified the romantic, mythic West that Americans cherished. Blazing a trail through every branch of the entertainment industry-radio, film, recordings, television, and even comic books-the couple capitalized on their attractive personas and appealed to the nation's belief in family values, an independent spirit, and community. Raymond E. White presents these two celebrities in the most comprehensive and inclusive account to date. Part narrative, part reference, this impeccably researched, highly accessible survey spans the entire scope of Rogers's and Evans's careers and highlights their place in twentieth-century American popular culture. In a dual biography, he shows how Rogers and Evans carefully husbanded their public image and-of particular note-incorporated their Christian faith into their performances. Testifying to both the breadth and the longevity of their careers, the book includes radio logs, discographies, filmographies, and comicographies that will delight historians and collectors alike.
Published for devotees of the cowboy and the West, American Cowboy covers all aspects of the Western lifestyle, delivering the best in entertainment, personalities, travel, rodeo action, human interest, art, poetry, fashion, food, horsemanship, history, and every other facet of Western culture. With stunning photography and you-are-there reportage, American Cowboy immerses readers in the cowboy life and the magic that is the great American West.
Author: Soraya Lane
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 2015-12-29
The King brothers are three of the wealthiest, most hard-riding heartbreakers in the great state of Texas. And it takes a rare breed of woman to lasso one of their hearts... NEVER SAY NEVER As a veterinarian and single mother, Hope Walker knows how to handle most emergencies, inside and out. But when she shows up at the sprawling cattle ranch belonging to Chase King.Hope finds herself in a state of panic: How could Chase be even hotter after all these years? And why does Hope feel more attracted to him than ever? WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE Chase can't believe that Hope-the gorgeous, brilliant woman who disappeared after one blazing night of passion-has walked back into his life. After all this time he still thinks of her as the one who got away. ..and he's not about to lose her now. But is Hope ready to get back in the saddle and ride into the sunset with the cowboy of her dreams? Or will a long-buried secret rise to the surface-and tear the two reunited lovers apart? "Lane warms hearts of readers across the globe." -RT Book Reviews
Johnny Cigarini: Confessions of a King’s Road Cowboy is an autobiographical account told from the perspective of a sharp young producer who kicked back with celebrity acquaintances after hours of working in the ambitious and daring world of advertising. Being surrounded by fame and glory during the 70s meant the company Cigarini worked for was at its most succesful – and King’s Road in Chelsea became their local playground. This story of luck, chance and heartache shows how the entertainment culture allowed Cigarini to reach the top of his game. Against a backdrop of the 60s sexual liberation, we learn of the real man, Johnny; he was not always a Ferrari-driving trendsetter with long hair, picking up models on the King’s Road, partying with Pink Floyd and dating Patti D’Arbanville, but he was once ‘Little Johnny’, an orphan and the victim of child sex abuse. Exposed to a silent and sinister world of establishment paedophile rings, John’s story is certainly one of tragedy and introspection as he picks up the pieces of a lost life. From Italy to England, Africa, America, and back to Italy, Cigarini’s nomadic lifestyle became the catalyst to his emotional rollercoaster. His memoirs reach back in time to a war that separated him from his sisters and exposes the revolutionary changes that developed Britain during this era. This mesmerising account offers an insight to the intimate secrets of life in the heart of Britain’s pop culture and will appeal primarily to the generation who grew up in the swinging 70s and early 80s. This book may also be of interest to individuals who have worked in production and the advertising sector.
Author: Bruce King
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A classic tale of political intuitions spiced by New Mexico flavor as unique as Hatch green chile, this autobiography of Governor Bruce King makes lively reading for anyone interested in politics, history, cowboys, ranching, and the American West.
The King Next Door by Maureen Child Single mum Nicole Baxter is perfectly fulfilled without a man in her life. But when billionaire Griffin King moves in next door, she considers a fling...as long as she doesn’t fall in love. Griffin has never met a woman he couldn’t leave. But desire sparks with Nicole like lightening! It’s just what this workaholic needs. But why does the thought of summer’s end have Griffin longing for more? A Real Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson Producer Thalia Thorne’s career is on the line. She’s promised to lure James Robert Bradley back to the limelight — no matter what it takes. But once in Montana, she sees that J.R. has built a new life for himself. Then a blizzard strikes. Suddenly they’re alone, with only body heat to keep them warm. When the snow melts, she’ll have to choose: go back to the big city — or sacrifice everything for the man she can’t let go.
As business interests have commercialized the American West and publishers and studios have created a compelling image of the West, the expectations of readers and moviegoers have influenced public perception of the cowboy as a hero figure. This book describes the evolution of the Western cowboy hero as a mythic persona created and propagated by dime novels, television and Hollywood. Because much of our concept of the cowboy comes to us from movies, the book's main focus is his changing image in cinema. The development of the cowboy's hero image and his place in the fictional West is traced from early novels and films to the present. His image has definitely evolved along with shifting audience expectations and economic pressures.