Mari’s account of the cattle industry in the West still causes heated in discussion in and around Sandoz Country. Mari’s father, Jules, was notorious for not getting along with his ranching neighbors. Jules believed that the West was for the Homesteader, not the Cattleman. In this book, Mari writes about the cattle industry in the High Plains and Sandhills region and the real cowboys who made it possible.
"Here, tough as whang leather, nourishing as pemmican, turbulent as Dodge City on a Saturday night in the late 1870s, is what time may well decide is the definitive history of the founding and flourishing of the cattle industry on this continent. . . . This splendid book says more (and says it better) about the most romantic figures of the old West than dozens of other books that have ranged over this familiar ground. Mari Sandoz has given herself room to move with tremendous drive and scholarship."—Victor P. Hass, Chicago Sunday Tribune