The True Story of a Working Cowboy

By Fred Gipson

Foreword by Evan Thomas

978-0-89096-984-7 Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in
232 pp.
Pub Date: 06/01/2000


  • Paperback $25.95
Readers brought up on Hollywood westerns will have their eyes opened by this story of a working cowboy. Although he never chased a rustler or rescued a pretty girl and probably couldn't even hire on as an extra in a B-grade western, Ed Alford (or "Fat") has worked cattle most of his life. Fred Gipson's vivid, earthy book about this cowhand, now in paperback, tells what the job is really like, the hardships, the hell-raising, and the sheer monotony of daily tasks.Fat Alford became a cowboy because he didn't think picking cotton was any way for a man to make a living. Although he may not have looked much like a cowboy and certainly started out green, he learned to rope a cow in an impenetrable brush, to break a mean horse, to get by with poor gear, worse food, and sorry mounts in freezing cold or blistering heat and still get the job done.Gipson's warm and rousing account captures the vivid reality of how it was and introduces us to a remarkable character—a working cowhand. This new paperback edition of Cowhand is sure to delight a whole new generation of readers.

Published by Texas A&M University Press