He met the unique characters of the Bad Lands-mountain men, degenerate buffalo hunters, Indians, and cowboys-and observed their changes as the West became more populated.
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Shelves: biogr-memoir , american-histry , social-observ , sports-outdoors , nonfiction. This edition has terrific illustrations by Frederick Remington, a TR contemporary. From this book I got a much clearer sense of a formative part of Roosevelt's life as well as a better understanding of what the West was like some one hundred and twenty years ago, a time when it was still arguably the "Wild West.
They are smaller and less muscular than the wielders of ax and pick; but they are as hardy and self-reliant as any men who ever breathed -- with bronzed, set faces, and keen eyes that look all the world straight in the face without flinching as they flash out from under broad-brimmed hats. Peril and hardship, and years of long toil broken by weeks of brutal dissipation, draw haggard lines across their eager faces, but never dim their reckless eyes nor break their bearing of defiant self-confidence. His own adventures and exploits are related in an endearingly modest way, and he seems almost eager to relate how he falls short of the mark in his four years spent as a rancher.
Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail.
There are glimpses of TR's understated trademark humor as well, such as when describing the local fauna: "Of skunks, by the way, we had last year altogether too much; there was a perfect plague of them all along the river and they took to trying to get into the huts, with the stupid pertinacity of the species. At every ranch house dozens were killed, we ourselves bagging thirty-three, all slain near the house, and one, to our unspeakable sorrow, in it. Now, I have nothing against hunters and for my part only could wish there were more local hunters thinning the local over-abundant deer.
Still, it's hard to read accounts of stalking antelope or big-horn sheep when in all my travels out West I've never caught a glimpse of either in the wild, so reduced are their numbers. While TR for the most part only hunted for the meat he needed to sustain himself and his ranch hands, his hunting accounts which comprise roughly the last third of the book reminded me of what has been lost -- the vast herds of bison, the massive flocks of passenger pigeons, and all the bounty of the plains, with the most wary of the predators and prey now existing in isolated pockets, their former habitat reduced by the onward march of civilization.
And, for the record, fifteen pages describing the habits of the white goat of the high peaks was really more than I cared to read, though I marveled at TR's powers of observation and his enthusiasm for tracking down this elusive creature. I only wished he'd been armed with a camera rather than a rifle. Read this book as a key to understanding both TR's character and an iconic period of the United States. It does an excellent job of shedding light on both. This was well worth the reading for a few reasons.
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First of all, it captures a bit of a way of life that has mournfully passed on. Roosevelt recounts the hardships and joys of his life as a North Dakota rancher and make you wish that this world could somehow be restored. Even in his time, he saw it fading away. In his accounts he describes the nature of the land, the habits of the wildlife, and the characteristics of the men who lived there in the s.
I learned a few things about ranching and This was well worth the reading for a few reasons. I learned a few things about ranching and the habits of cattle on the life of the cowboy. Somewhere in those Saturday afternoon Western serials you will find some true elements of cowboy life, but Roosevelt's description of their tedious work takes you behind the scenes and unveils some of the wearisome toil that accompanied these rugged men.
The book also reveals Teddy's Roosevelt's personal charisma.
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In the frequent repetition of ideas and sudden subject shifts, you catch a glimpse of his enthusiasm for this life, his pursuit of "manliness", and his commanding personality. I can understand how you could walk into a room angry with him, ready to give him a piece of your mind, and walk out arm in arm kicking yourself for forgetting what you were going to say.
If you are an outdoorsman with an interest in hunting, you will enjoy the astute observations of the habits of elk, deer, bear, cougars, mountain goats, big horn sheep, grouse, rabbits, foxes, and wolves, as well as his description of hunting methods. If you are an historian, the book is interesting for both the light is sheds on the life of Theodore Roosevelt and on the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the Plains and Mountains in the s.
And if you just like to hear a tale told with enthusiasm, this book is has several vignettes that will keep your attention. He did not once mention that he had been a statesman or give any allusion to any of his many other pursuits. As we climb the steep sides of the first range of buttes, wisps of wavering mist still cling in the hollows of the valley; when we come out on the top of the first great plateau, the sun flames up over its edge, and in the level, red beams the galloping horsemen throw long fantastic shadows.
Calling for the exhibition of pluck, self-reliance, hardihood, and dashing horsemanship; and of all forms of physical labor the easiest and pleasantest is to sit in the saddle. He did it all. He even had to bring three thieves he apprehended in to the authorities from a great distance singlehandedly. Roosevelt detailed his hunting adventures and described the game and their habits expertly. He finishes the book in a dramatic way of tracking the great white mountain goat with patience and precision to sacking two of these most elusive creatures.
This book also was illustrated by the famous artist of the frontier, Fredric Remington. So as often happens, I had to read yet another referenced book. The descriptions of what live, especially hunting, was like a hundred years ago are amazing! Apr 28, David Platt rated it really liked it. Very descriptive account of day to day life on the ranch and the strategies for hunting in the Dakota territories and Montana.
TR does not write much about his personal feelings—his book was more about overt experiences and behavior rather than inner thoughts. Roosevelt wrote that cattle from the Old World could not handle the severe winters of the northern U. Modern practices result in most cattle surviving bad winters today, but only because they must be fed stores of grain and given artificial shelter. Some details of how hunted animals died could be somewhat disturbing.
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