boomer, Texas Ranger, cowpuncher, switchman, yard master
By Otis E. Young Jr., Contributions by Robert Lenon.
Softcover, 5x8", 216 pages, 29 b/w illustrations, 1 map. 2016.
Winner of the 2009 Will Rogers Medallion Award
"...this is one of the finest personal reminiscences of life in the American West... The writer was a ranch hand, a railroader, a Texas Ranger, an adventurer, and a hobo.
"Unbridled Cowboy definitely constitutes a significant contribution to Texas letters. I particularly learned a lot about railroading, and in a broader sense, something of the mindset of a rural Texas kid in the late nineteenth century..." - —Mike Cox, author of The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821–1900
"He lived through one of the most fascinating periods of American history, including the close of the frontier, the rise of the labor movement, the development of America’s transcontinental railroads, and the depths of the Great Depression.
"He saw the Mexican Revolution from within. The credibility of his observations lie in the wealth of details he provides. His observations on Mexican 'exchange rates' during the Revolution are priceless. The point is that these memoirs read with conviction; the writer does not apologize for the truth. He apologizes for some of his actions, and regrets many of them, especially his vendetta against the Mexican cowboys. Simply, the primary contribution of this manuscript is to remind us of the Real West—of human nature in a raw and often dangerous land. The fictional writer that comes to mind is Larry McMurtry. The style is wonderful for someone who claims never to have made it past fifth grade. The word choice is excellent, the descriptions riveting, and written with nouns and verbs. It is as if the author read Strunk and White. —Alfred Runte, author of Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation