Books That Inspire 2008

Charles Goodnight, Cowman and Plainsman
J. Evetts Haley

By any measure Charles Goodnight (1836-1929) lived a remarkable life. Before his death at the age of 93 a cattle trail, a town, a college and surgical operation all bore his name. Although he lacked formal education, Goodnight became not only one of the best known and most successful ranchers and cattle breeders of his day but also helped save the bison from extinction. I first read J. Evetts Haley’s masterful Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman in the early 1970s and have never read another biography whose narrative power moved me more.

B. Byron Price
University of Oklahoma Press