Biting the Dust by Dirk Johnson

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A journalist's story of the young men who chase glory on the backs of wild horses and angry bulls and struggle to hang on to an American ideal that seems harder to find in the New West.
 

About Dirk Johnson

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Dirk Johnson is the Chicago bureau chief for "Newsweek" magazine and a five-time winner of the "New York Times" Publisher's Award.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Simon & Schuster. 240 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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A grueling year on the rodeo circuit with the bronc busters and bull riders who keep alive what Johnson calls America's ``most powerful myth.'' Joe Wimberley of Cool, Tex., is typical of the rodeo riders of the new Old West, says Johnson, Denver bureau chief of the New York Times.

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At his best, Johnson, Denver bureau chief of the New York Times , composes prose that shows him to be something of a poet as he offers tribute to the last romantic figures of the Old West: rodeo cowboys.

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Cowboys disappeared into the realm of myth and matinees long ago, but Dirk Johnson has searched out an odd corner of the popular culture where real live cowboys can still be found--the rodeo, which Johnson describes in "Biting the Dust" as "the world where the Old West still lives, the last untam...

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