Bruce Dillman The CowBoy Handbook

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The CowBoy Handbook

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"The CowBoy Handbook has something for everyone who values our CowBoy Heritage." Gene Autry. Bruce Dillman's The CowBoy Handbook is a beguiling, good-natured and extremely useful guide to all things pertaining to both the historical and romanticized cowboy. His well-written account of the heyday of the American cowboy, from the close of the Civil War until the advent of barbed wire, is filled with intriguing historical facts and humorous anecdotes. His explanation of the gradual canonization of the cowboy via dime novels, pulps, motion pictures and popular songs is helpful and well-constructed.

The book includes a cowboy chronology and biographical sketches of prominent cowboy typesboth sections highly subjective, of necessity. Each of us would develop our own list of important facts, figures, and heroes, as Dillman has done quite well. His selections provide a solid base upon which both the teacher and the enthusiast may freely expand. In the last portion of The CowBoy Handbook, we are treated to some thoroughly delightful recommendations as to how

to live the cowboy life and where to go to see cowboy memorabilia and related performances. A glossary of colorful cowboy terms serves as a perfect accompaniment to the cleverly conceived text. When I was teaching college courses in the 1980s and covering many of the subjects Dillman has covered so well, I would have welcomed The CowBoy Handbook as a required text. Others will find it a valuable tool and a highly readable, breezy account of a deeply loved aspect of American history and popular culture.

Jon Guyot Smith, Folklore Professor

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About the Author:

Since early childhood, Bruce Dillman has investigated cowboys from all angles. He was fascinated with the facts, fiction, and fantasies associated with cowboys. He had jobs on ranches (both dude and cattle) and in a cowtown(gunfighting and singing cowboy songs in Dodge City). He has also had "real" jobs in advertising, radio, television, publishing, and was once a college assistant professor. Since the 1980s Dillman has been involved in applying Neuro-linguistic Programming skills to business communication. He also entertains and speaks on "Codes of the CowBoys and Horse Sense Solutions."

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"If we can believe each of us has an 'inner child' who wants to come out and play," writes Bruce Dillman, "why not an inner CowBoy?" According to the author, there has been a transition from cow-boys to cowboys, and then to CowBoys over the past 100 years or so. Dillman defines the three terms and then

chronicles how and why the cowboy way has become part and parcel of the American fabric. Cow-boy has historical connotations; cowboys, no matter if real or reel, succeeded cow-boys; and CowBoy, as Dillman coined the term, encompasses the resulting spirit or attitude that has developed from contact with the other two.

The Cowboy Handbook is a fine primer about cowboys, however you define them, both then and now, and it's obvious the author has done his homework. Chapters are organized into several user-friendly sections. Part IV, for example, includes brief bios of well-known cowboys, a timeline of cowboy events, and a glossary of relevant terms. There are listings, by state, of cowboy-type things to see and do, and the final section includes BATsBuckaroo Attitude Triggers. The author's goal: ". . . to get back to fact and bring some reality back to the range. But not too much," he writes "Myth serves a valuable purpose, and sagas of the saddle can improve your fun and fortune." The CowBoy Handbook provides plenty of entertainment with the reality. Even though he has done his historical research and mastered the language, Dillman simply refuses to let either history or the language get in his way when it comes to having fun with his favorite topic. Reckon he's had his CowBoy attitude triggered. -- WESTERN HORSEMAN, December l996

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