Ranch Life and the Hunting Trailby Theodore Roosevelt
|Year of Publication:||1888|
|Notes:||No American president has been closer to the working life of the West than Theodore Roosevelt. From 1884 to 1886 he built up his ranch on the little Missouri in Dakota Territory. He met the unique characters of the Bad Lands — mountain men, buffalo hunters, Indians and cowboys — and watched them change as the West filled up with people. Theodore Roosevelt tried his hand at everything from routine labor to a stint as a deputy sheriff (he tracked and caught three horse thieves). "Whether describing cowboys at work or his own hunts for elk, antelope and bear, this book expresses his lifelong delight in physical hardihood and tests of nerve."|
COMMENTS — Roosevelt was an accomplished author who wrote several books on history and hunting. African Game Trails is his story of a safari to hunt large game in East Africa. Even if you don’t want to read the book, check out the appendix in the back in which Roosevelt lists the books he brought along — carried the entire way by a porter.