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

  • Katie
    Mar 15, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

    I wanted to like this more than I did! Brooke really liked it and one of my book group members did as well, and said the writing was really good. It was written by a NY Times writer. I definitely learned a TON about rodeos, which I did think was interesting. And about the challenges of...

    A nonfiction book written by a journalist about a family of cowboys (the Wright family) in Utah whose claim to fame is that most of them ride in, and win many, rodeos. I found this book both boring and interesting, and for the same reason--it's about a personality that's 180 degrees...

  • Linda
    Jun 04, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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...

  • Brooke
    Oct 24, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

  • Roxane
    Nov 13, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

  • Dawn Meyers
    Aug 02, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

    I wanted to like this more than I did! Brooke really liked it and one of my book group members did as well, and said the writing was really good. It was written by a NY Times writer. I definitely learned a TON about rodeos, which I did think was interesting. And about the challenges of...

    A nonfiction book written by a journalist about a family of cowboys (the Wright family) in Utah whose claim to fame is that most of them ride in, and win many, rodeos. I found this book both boring and interesting, and for the same reason--it's about a personality that's 180 degrees...

    Current day ranching and rodeoing family in Utah, the Wrights. ...

    A fantastic peek into a world that is so quickly disappearing. Loved this family's story. ...

    This is a book for both people who are interested in lives unlike their own or deeply immersed in the rodeo/ranch life. The Wright family are a multi generational family of bucking bronco rodeo champions. Their winnings support their lives as well as the family ranch. No grand c...

    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. ...

  • Jessica
    Aug 29, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

    I wanted to like this more than I did! Brooke really liked it and one of my book group members did as well, and said the writing was really good. It was written by a NY Times writer. I definitely learned a TON about rodeos, which I did think was interesting. And about the challenges of...

    A nonfiction book written by a journalist about a family of cowboys (the Wright family) in Utah whose claim to fame is that most of them ride in, and win many, rodeos. I found this book both boring and interesting, and for the same reason--it's about a personality that's 180 degrees...

    Current day ranching and rodeoing family in Utah, the Wrights. ...

    A fantastic peek into a world that is so quickly disappearing. Loved this family's story. ...

    This is a book for both people who are interested in lives unlike their own or deeply immersed in the rodeo/ranch life. The Wright family are a multi generational family of bucking bronco rodeo champions. Their winnings support their lives as well as the family ranch. No grand c...

  • Katelyn
    Jan 16, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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, ...

  • Sharon Beers
    Sep 13, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

    I wanted to like this more than I did! Brooke really liked it and one of my book group members did as well, and said the writing was really good. It was written by a NY Times writer. I definitely learned a TON about rodeos, which I did think was interesting. And about the challenges of...

    A nonfiction book written by a journalist about a family of cowboys (the Wright family) in Utah whose claim to fame is that most of them ride in, and win many, rodeos. I found this book both boring and interesting, and for the same reason--it's about a personality that's 180 degrees...

    Current day ranching and rodeoing family in Utah, the Wrights. ...

  • Phoebe
    Apr 28, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

  • Skylar Hatfield
    Jun 11, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

  • Laney
    Jan 31, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

  • Cody
    Jul 18, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 ...

  • Gail
    Jan 28, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

    I wanted to like this more than I did! Brooke really liked it and one of my book group members did as well, and said the writing was really good. It was written by a NY Times writer. I definitely learned a TON about rodeos, which I did think was interesting. And about the challenges of...

  • Paul
    Jan 31, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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...

  • Janice Cafarelli
    May 11, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

  • Jill Geyer
    Jan 21, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

  • Wendy Kiang-spray
    Mar 31, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

  • Stephen
    Apr 29, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

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

  • Patrick Macke
    Jun 08, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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...

  • Sarah
    Dec 19, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

  • Stacy LinDell
    Mar 22, 2019

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

  • David Joy
    Jun 12, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

  • Carly Kade
    Dec 22, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...

    Branch is a journalist and a sportswriter and he keeps his subject lively and interesting from page 1. Few readers will know much about the internal workings of the rodeo circuit and even about the highs and lows of modern ranching and the cowboy lifestyle. I did not and found the book...

    This book details the story of the Wright family, a professional saddle bronc riding dynasty, through multiple years of competition, ranching, injury, and family life. John Branch could have only followed the family for a year and written a book, but he covered the Wright family over...

    I chose this book solely on recommendation, and I'm glad I did. Great read. The book follows a rancher in Utah and his large Mormon family. Turns out his sons and son-in-law are top athletes in rodeo, so weread about line as a rancher and as a saddle bronc rider. I like books that t...

    A talented wordsmith was at a loss for story development or character arc. Billed as a portrait, this book is more of a still life. The men are manly, the women are few, and the drama takes place off the page - we only see footprints of it left in the rodeo ground. As ?The Last Cowbo...

    A really interesting book about ranch and rodeo life that answers questions I never even thought to ask. The writer paints a picture of a close knit family living in a beautiful landscape. The details of day-to-day cattle ranch life, and the sport/career/fame of rodeo life were fascina...

    I wanted to like this more than I did! Brooke really liked it and one of my book group members did as well, and said the writing was really good. It was written by a NY Times writer. I definitely learned a TON about rodeos, which I did think was interesting. And about the challenges of...

    A nonfiction book written by a journalist about a family of cowboys (the Wright family) in Utah whose claim to fame is that most of them ride in, and win many, rodeos. I found this book both boring and interesting, and for the same reason--it's about a personality that's 180 degrees...

    Current day ranching and rodeoing family in Utah, the Wrights. ...

    A fantastic peek into a world that is so quickly disappearing. Loved this family's story. ...

  • Roxanne
    Mar 01, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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...

  • Ryan
    Mar 09, 2018

    Cowboys. White people facing a changing way of life so let?s write a whole book on it. Ok. ...

    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 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...

    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....

    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 loved a lot of things about this book. 1. Southern Utah backdrop because I'm familiar with and love the scenery described. 2. The perspective of an old school rancher, his take on exploding tourism, global warming, environmentalism, land rights, etc. Could have used even more of...

    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 ...

    3.5 stars. I liked hearing behind the scenes on the life of a modern cowboy and rodeo professional. My only complaint is that it felt like ?Boys in the Boat?, where they did an actual blow-by-blow of every single rodeo they attended for like three years, with a detailed description...

    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...