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Undiscovered Country: Dispatches from the American West


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A.J. Mangum has written about the contemporary North American West for more than 20 years. His work has documented the working lives of the horsemen, artists and craftsmen who define the modern cowboy culture. Written over a four-year period (2010 through 2013), the essays and written portraits comprising Undiscovered Country offer an authentic, unromanticized look inside a way of life much of the world assumes disappeared generations ago.

“The West has always been a destination for individualists chasing big ambitions on their own terms,” Mangum says. “That hasn’t changed. The modern West is still populated with independent spirits seeking one brand or another of freedom, be it creative freedom or the chance to live and work as they please. The real-life drama of the West, first scripted long ago, still plays out against the backdrop of the 21st century.

Hardcover 152 pages, photos.

Written portraits of the horsemen, artists and craftsmen who define the modern North American West. Subjects include:
Silversmith Dave Alderson
Saddlemaker Rick Bean
Bootmaker Paul Bond
Artist Harley Brown
Folklorist Hal Cannon
Rawhide Braider Armando Deferrariv
Bit and Spur Maker Todd Hansen
New Mexico’s Las Madres Ranch
North Dakota’s Lazy JS Ranch
Bit and Spur Maker Bill Heisman
Rawhide Braider Pablo Lozano
Knife Maker Thomas McGuane IV
Bit and Spur Maker Matt Humphreys
Craftsman Clint Mortenson
Stock Detective Pete Olsen
Saddlemaker Pedro Pedrini
Reno’s Culture of Craftsmanship
The Rescued to Ride Program
Saddlemaker Robert Raber
Artist Jim Rey
The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association
Rawhide Braider Nate Wald
Bootmaker John Weinkauf
Western Jubilee Recording Company
Bit and Spur Maker Russell Yates


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