The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West

The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West

For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders?some call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Now Bill and Evelyn Wright, parents to 13 children and grandparents to many more, find themselves struggling to hang on to the majestic landscape where they?ve been running cattle for 150 years as the West is tr For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders?some call t...

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Title:The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West
Author:John Branch
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West Reviews

  • Linda
    Jun 04, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

  • Carl
    Mar 06, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

  • Lynne
    Jun 19, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...

    I am currently reading this book and loving it. It is 'narrative nonfiction' which is a new genre for me. The author does a great job of depicting ranching, cowboys, and rodeo in the western US, and the difficulties of maintaining that lifestyle. The narrative grabs you from the beginn...

    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this story and the story telling of the author. ...

    I can only personally give this two stars for various reasons. If you like rodeos then this is for you, for me not so much. The writing style of investigative reporting with the anecdotes and quotes by the family is an interesting writing style. This wasn't what I thought it was goi...

    At times this book felt like a series of magazine articles where the author might have felt he needed to remind readers of things he wrote about in the last installment. I also got bogged down during the middle of the book when the sheer number of rodeos and relatives started to overwh...

    John Branch takes a great idea and a great potential for a story and misses the mark. He writes two books but jams them into one. The stories told here were both fascinating and left me wanting to learn more. The only problem was that when I wanted to learn more the story line seemed t...

    The rodeo riders from the Wright family from southern Utah are the focus of this non-fiction work. I chose it because of the setting. I spent a summer in geology field camp in the area and I always enjoy books set in landscapes I can sense from afar. The seven brothers and extended ma...

  • Dawn Meyers
    Aug 02, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

  • Sherri
    Jul 09, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...

    I am currently reading this book and loving it. It is 'narrative nonfiction' which is a new genre for me. The author does a great job of depicting ranching, cowboys, and rodeo in the western US, and the difficulties of maintaining that lifestyle. The narrative grabs you from the beginn...

    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this story and the story telling of the author. ...

    I can only personally give this two stars for various reasons. If you like rodeos then this is for you, for me not so much. The writing style of investigative reporting with the anecdotes and quotes by the family is an interesting writing style. This wasn't what I thought it was goi...

  • Katelyn
    Jan 16, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

  • Louise Hartvigsen
    Jul 14, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

  • Laura
    Jul 07, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...

    I am currently reading this book and loving it. It is 'narrative nonfiction' which is a new genre for me. The author does a great job of depicting ranching, cowboys, and rodeo in the western US, and the difficulties of maintaining that lifestyle. The narrative grabs you from the beginn...

    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this story and the story telling of the author. ...

    I can only personally give this two stars for various reasons. If you like rodeos then this is for you, for me not so much. The writing style of investigative reporting with the anecdotes and quotes by the family is an interesting writing style. This wasn't what I thought it was goi...

    At times this book felt like a series of magazine articles where the author might have felt he needed to remind readers of things he wrote about in the last installment. I also got bogged down during the middle of the book when the sheer number of rodeos and relatives started to overwh...

  • Skylar Hatfield
    Jun 11, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

  • Amanda
    Apr 05, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...

    I am currently reading this book and loving it. It is 'narrative nonfiction' which is a new genre for me. The author does a great job of depicting ranching, cowboys, and rodeo in the western US, and the difficulties of maintaining that lifestyle. The narrative grabs you from the beginn...

    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this story and the story telling of the author. ...

  • Cody
    Jul 18, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

  • Thomas Ryan
    Jul 08, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

  • Paul
    Jan 31, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

  • Nedra Kennedy
    May 17, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

  • Janice Cafarelli
    May 11, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

  • Rick
    Aug 01, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...

    I am currently reading this book and loving it. It is 'narrative nonfiction' which is a new genre for me. The author does a great job of depicting ranching, cowboys, and rodeo in the western US, and the difficulties of maintaining that lifestyle. The narrative grabs you from the beginn...

    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this story and the story telling of the author. ...

    I can only personally give this two stars for various reasons. If you like rodeos then this is for you, for me not so much. The writing style of investigative reporting with the anecdotes and quotes by the family is an interesting writing style. This wasn't what I thought it was goi...

    At times this book felt like a series of magazine articles where the author might have felt he needed to remind readers of things he wrote about in the last installment. I also got bogged down during the middle of the book when the sheer number of rodeos and relatives started to overwh...

    John Branch takes a great idea and a great potential for a story and misses the mark. He writes two books but jams them into one. The stories told here were both fascinating and left me wanting to learn more. The only problem was that when I wanted to learn more the story line seemed t...

  • Stephen
    Apr 29, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

  • Heather Logan
    Jun 10, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

  • Michelle Olms
    May 23, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

  • Patrick Macke
    Jun 08, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

  • Karen
    Jun 03, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

  • David Joy
    Jun 12, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

  • Pamela
    Apr 30, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

  • Jackie Rogers
    Apr 27, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

  • Steven
    Jun 30, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

  • Roxanne
    Mar 01, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

  • Tory
    Apr 18, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...

    I am currently reading this book and loving it. It is 'narrative nonfiction' which is a new genre for me. The author does a great job of depicting ranching, cowboys, and rodeo in the western US, and the difficulties of maintaining that lifestyle. The narrative grabs you from the beginn...

  • Joyce
    Jun 02, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

  • Ryan
    Mar 09, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

  • Kelsey
    Apr 29, 2018

    It's quite a saga of an extended family descended from original Mormon settlers in Utah. The original homestead is very close to scenic Zion National Park, and the author practically embedded himself into the family after gaining their trust following a newspaper story that he wrote fo...

    "Rodeo could be passed down, like a family tradition, like land and manners, but it could spit you out too, without warning. Rodeo was rooted in the past, but it had no sentimentality. All the years and all the successes, all the rides and sweat and blood and miles on the tires bought ...

    John Branch's resume speaks for itself. Pulitzer. PEN. Flat out, he's one of the most, if not THE most, talented sports writers at work. His essay "Deliverance From 27,000 Feet" might've been my favorite thing I read last year. Now comes The Last Cowboys, one of the books I was most lo...

    Wonderful story of family, rodeo, faith, and the American West. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The author writes of a multi-generational family that rodeos and how they live in their part of the world. He captures this family and their history very well. The rodeo cultur...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about the Wrights from Southern Utah who have been ranchers and championship rodeo riders. Over the course of history in the US open lands are getting harder to keep and maintain. The West is becoming more urbanized, suffered droughts and have th...

    4.5 stars This compelling work of narrative nonfiction had me turning pages late into the night. The Wright family has worked the same land in Utah for over 150 years. Bill and Evelyn have 13 children and most of their children have children of their own as well. Bill ranches cattle, ...

    I recommend The Last Cowboys to anyone interested in The American West, agribusiness, or sports, or to anyone looking to learn a lot more about an interesting subject in a well-written book. Full review on my blog here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/03/05/th... Please check out al...

    I love attending rodeos, but I didn't know much about how rodeos work or the life of cowboys until I read this book. Having lived in Parowan, Utah and Cedar City, Utah, I recognized the life style of this family. As a Mormon mother with adult children, I was just as interested in readi...

    Well written Took on a very essential topic here in southern Utah ...

    Wonderful and I ain't got a speck of cowboy in me ... it's a story about family and America and the ultimate freedom to live life according to the song of your soul ... it can be challenging to keep all of the Wright cowboys and cowgirls straight but at least now I know a little about ...

    John Branch gives the reader a wonderful in depth glimpse into the world of the Wright family. Loved reading this story with a family at it?s center. For me, it was a page turner. ...

    "The Last Cowboys" is a work of literary reporting that is so beautifully written that it reads like a fine novel. It tells the tale of the Wright family. They are a tough, stoic, and large, loving family that work cattle outside of Milford, Utah. They've been doing so for seven gener...

    This was a true story about a family in southern Utah named the Wrights.They raise cattle and compete in saddle-bronc riding in rodeos.They are trying to hang on to the land that has been in their family a long time.They have 13 children and alot of grandkids and are trying to teach th...

    This is the life and times of the Wright family of Utah. They are ranchers as generations before and to come will be. Is about Rodeo and the money and injuries. This is a heroic family that are family oriented. They help each other with no jealousy or resentment if one out does the ot...

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Goodreads for sending me the book. John Branch offers an engrossing journalistic look at a small segment of American western culture and tradition. In writing about the Wrights, B...

    Fascinating book about a family with 13 children, 7 of whom are boys who all became saddle bronc rodeo riders. The oldest is still rodeoing, now along with his two sons. Their Dad is ranching cattle and trying to maintain that lifestyle as modern life threatens to force changes to it. ...

    Delightful book. Gives a great perspective of the rodeo and ranching life. Quick read, moves along and well written. ...

    This book really resonated with me. I read it in July, the month I usually attend my one Rodeo a year near my small home town in Utah. My roots go back to farming and ranching, so I had similar experiences, although on a much smaller scale, to the Wrights. The description of branding d...

    Great book ...

    Very good book about a wonderful family. ...

    Just a great read about the new West and a family trying to crave out a niche by blending the old and the new. Excellent writing that combines new journalism nonfiction writing and sports writing. ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I hate to give really bad reviews because maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea but this book was one of the most repetitive, boring books I have ever struggled to get through. What was written in half the book could of been said in the first few pages....

    Was this ever fun to read! John Branch has such a wonderful way of describing the geography and ways of life of Southern, rural Utah. I was transported from the very first sentence. This book got me watching Youtube videos of the Wright brothers competing at all sorts of rodeos. ...

    I received this book from a giveaway. I did not expect to enjoy this narrative as much as I did! Thank you for sending me such a good read. ...