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Wild Horse Country

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   12 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/10/2017

Wild Horse Country

The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688497
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688503


Wild Horse Country is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter's history of wild horses in America―and an eye-opening story on their treatment in our time.

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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.


“With his deep voice, capable of a rumble here and there, narrator David Colacci is well suited to this quintessential American story.” —AudioFile

“There is something to learn from the erudite Philipps on almost every page. . . . [His] strengths are on full display in this thoughtful, balanced, and informative work.” —Publishers Weekly

"A fine, readable work of advocacy journalism, of a piece with Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert, that deserves to inform discussion about the mustang issue as it plays out in courts and in Congress." —Kirkus

“A gripping, myth-busting biography of the mustang, one of the most charismatic characters in the epic story of the American West, and a whip-smart argument for how to keep what’s left of its wilderness as wild as possible.” —Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Author Bio

David Philipps is a Pulitzer Prize–winning national reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of Lethal Warriors and a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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