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Wild Horse Country

The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: History, American
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Wild horses - also known as mustangs - live in a strange twilight. They are deeply American but not native; they are free-born symbols of liberty but tightly managed, thriving yet persecuted. Today, the wild horse is a ward of the state, with tens of thousands held in captivity by the federal government - nearly as many are left in the wild.

In a powerful blend of history and contemporary reporting, New York Times reporter David Philipps traces the rich history of wild horses in America: their introduction by the Spanish conquistadors, their role in the epic battles between Native Americans and settlers, their vital place in American self-mythology. He travels through some of the most remote parts of the American West, known as Wild Horse Country, to investigate the wild horse's current dilemma, caught between the clashing ideals of ranchers, scientists, animal rights activists, slaughterhouse employees, and government officials.

©2017 David Philipps (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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  • JM
  • 08-04-19

fascinating

this is great book, well read and engaging throughout. interesting history and facts mixed with stories/legends.

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  • K. Parker
  • 13-11-17

Very well done and unbiased.

Best story about the endless challenges of the wild horse. Superior investigative reporting by the author.

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  • Lisanne
  • 18-05-18

We own 10 mustangs

I love how David gave equal thought to every argument on both sides and closed with a compromising solution. My significant other and I have tried to do our part of adopting to keep the cowboy/mustang partnership alive. I was surprised that there wasn’t more mention of the adoption programs through the Mustang Heritage Foundation such as the Extreme Mustang Makeovers and the TIP program. Before reading this I felt like horses were an evasive species, now I believe they have a place here. The solution offered is one I would love to see gain traction. A must read for anyone involved with wild horses.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-17

Riveting Story with the Literary Power of a Stampe

Compelling, well reaearched, journalism. Excellent narration. Not the BLM's finest hour. Couldn't put it down!

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  • Lara Hooper
  • 09-07-19

Inaccurate Read

For those of you seeking a book about the modern American Mustang and its current situation, don’t bother with this work. Its author states in the beginning he does not have accurate knowledge of horses, stating that he chose to write about mustangs because they are free. He also states his parents were hippies and he has no respect for authority. I had no problem with this up until he tried to tell his readers that the modern day horse person takes no consideration for their horses aside from individual pieces of equipment. I would gladly invite this man to ANY horse farm of those of my acquaintance to educate him on his ignorance. This book seems to push the agenda of HSUS and PETA. No accuracy or truth, only ignorance and illogical reasoning. Don’t bother wasting your money.

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  • Bruce McClenahan
  • 23-05-18

Fair and Balanced

A well researched, balanced and fair look at the wild horse of the west. A great read.

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  • Capallpedia
  • 10-05-19

A compelling story of America's wild horses

An essential read for every horse lover, or for anyone who cares about the fate of America's wild mustangs. I learned a lot from this book about the history and current situation of wild horses in America, told as a compelling story.

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  • Cindy
  • 21-04-19

Very interesting

Great book a wealth of knowledge about the mustangs and how the Government hides the truth. A must read for anyone who loves are nations historical wild mustangs

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  • Tom
  • 10-01-19

Well researched, fair and balanced

If you want to know the story of Wild Mustangs in America look no further. Philipps’ version is extremely thorough. The narration is solid except when he’s quoting women. While I’m sure it is unintentional, his tone almost sounds mocking which makes the listener think some woman he is quoting must be a flake (and some are). Eventually you realize that’s just how the narrator speaks.

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  • High Uintahs
  • 13-12-18

Amazing education on the history of Horses

Absolutely wonderful. Every aspect of the history of horses has been covered. A deep dive into anthropology and discovery of horses in fossils 50 million years ago. The evolution through time. The history of horses in America. A balanced look at the horse through the eyes of ranchers, environmentalists and protectionists, the Bureau of Land Management, the slaughter houses, and the challenges that wild horses confront today. Refreshing analysis and possible solutions to overpopulation are explored. One of the finest books I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. It must have taken the author years or even decades to compile such a thorough and well researched body of work. So compelling that I spent 16 hours looking for and then photographing the Wild Onaqui in Utah. That experience was something I will never forget.

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  • Blue's Reviews
  • 25-10-18

Sad but Important

A rather depressing book, but I think important. it covers a lot of the controversies from a fairly neutral standpoint. Lots of different problems and solutions are explored. I feel better off knowing more about the issues facing the wild horses.

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