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"A well-written and compelling book by a master storyteller."

"An excellent and highly accessible little book. With incredible economy, Lehman covers the rise and precipitous decline of the Texas System of range cattle management, with attention to the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of the enterprise."

"Tim Lehman's book opens new paths: it traces the burgeoning cattle business from Texas to the arduous long trails running north to rowdy cattle towns, and then on to eastern markets or northern ranges. The account is fact-driven, diligently researched, and invitingly written. Saddle up and ride with Lehman. His revealing, valuable trail drive beckons you."

"This engaging book reveals the sensual and visceral worlds of the nineteenth-century cattle trail, illuminating historical landscapes of labor and leisure that have for too long been obscured. Beyond just debunking the mythology of the cowboy, Lehman gives us so much more by taking seriously and sympathetically the history of how human and nonhuman animals ‘turned the saddle into a workplace.’ All readers interested in the histories of business and capitalism, food and agriculture, nature and culture, will benefit from Lehman’s perfect distillation of these vital issues."

"Tim Lehman replaces romance and legend with clear-eyed, well-documented explanations of how driving Texas longhorn cattle worked. This is a lively description of the realities of cowboy life and an account of how those scruffy working men turned into unlikely heroes. This short volume will be excellent for classroom use."

"An essential primer to the legendary cattle drives of the American West, Tim Lehman’s Up the Trail dusts off the cowboys, the cattle towns, and the livestock industry, giving students of all ages the basics and the background while updating them on the latest historical research. It’s a marvelous book."

"Perhaps the most iconic panorama in western movies is the cattle drive, with vast numbers of bawling Texas longhorns fanning out to cross the wide Red River, herded by a small fraternity of loose-limbed, laconic cowboys on horseback. Read this scene through the lens of Tim Lehman's Up the Trail, and it looks quite different."