Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs by David Cruise
The Life of Velma Johnston

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In 1950, Velma Johnston was a thirty-eight-year-old secretary enroute to work near Reno, Nevada, when she came upon a truck of battered wild horses that had been rounded up and were to be slaughtered for pet food. Shocked and angered by this gruesome discovery, she vowed to find a way to stop the cruel round-ups, a resolution that led to a life-long battle that would pit her against ranchers and powerful politicians—but eventually win her support and admiration around the world. This is the first biography to tell her courageous true story..

Like Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, or Temple Grandin, Velma Johnston dedicated her life to public awareness and protection of animals. Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs follows Velma from her childhood, in which she was disfigured by polio, to her dangerous vigilante-style missions to free captured horses and document round-ups, through the innovative and exhaustive grassroots campaign which earned her the nickname “Wild Horse Annie” and led to Congress passing the “Wild Horse Annie Bill,” to her friendship with renowned children’s author and horse-lover Marguerite Henry..

A powerful combination of adventure, history, and biography, Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs beautifully captures the romance and magic of wild horses and the character of the strong-willed woman who made their survival her legacy. .
 

About David Cruise

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David Cruise was born in 1950 and attended the University of Alberta. He is an award-winning Canadian writer who collaborates with his wife, Alison Griffiths, on books that require a great deal of research, such as Fleecing the Lamb: The Inside Story of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, published in 1950, and Lords of the Line: The Men Who Built the CPR, published in 1988. Cruise has also written for periodicals. His article titled "Powder Burns" won a Silver Medal for investigative journalism in the National Magazine awards competition in 1986. He also won a Canadian National Press Club award in 1987. David Cruise and Alison Griffiths began writing together in 1983 and are the authors of seven bestselling books, including "Fleecing the Lamb", " Lords of the Line", " Net Worth", " On South Mountain", and "The Great Adventure." Griffiths hosted the acclaimed financial television show ?Maxed Out, ? for three years and she writes the nationally syndicated columns, Alison on Money and Me and My Money. ?They have two daughters and divide their time between their small farms in southwestern Ontario and Brooksville, Florida.?Please visit wildhorseanniestory.com
 
Published February 24, 2010 by Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Modest tale of a scrappy advocate for wild horses and her three-decade battle for their protection.

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Velma Johnston (1912-1977), the daughter of a Nevada horse wrangler, was stricken by polio as a child, but she fulfilled her youthful aspirations of owning a ranch and marrying the man of her dreams;

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Velma Johnston (1912-1977), the daughter of a Nevada horse wrangler, was stricken by polio as a child, but she fulfilled her youthful aspirations of owning a ranch and marrying the man of her dreams;

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