Lasso The Wind by Timothy Egan – A Review by Bill Dahl

I have a longstanding personal discipline when it comes to selecting books to read; every 5th book or so –  I require myself to read something published approximately 10+ years ago.  Thus, I encountered author Timothy Egan for the first time. Tonight, I just ordered three more of his books (I started my second Egan work last night)…

Lasso The Wind

I was absolutely – blown away – pardon the unintentional poor pun – by Lasso the Wind…I could NOT put it down. Spellbinding, literary talent beyond you wildest imagination, research to warp your mind, fantastic story-teller, unparalleled non-fiction and a contributor to American history the likes of which I have never encountered. Needless to say, I am now addicted to Egan’s work!

I typically read somewhere between 60-100 books a year. As of August 2017, Lasso The Wind is my unequivocal year to date favorite.

The way Egan weaves his storytelling and his research is – well – it’s simply unique and deeply engaging for the reader. JUST BUY THIS BOOK!!!

The history of the American West is widely and deeply inhabited by fictional myth. Egan eviscerates that B.S. in a way that leads one not only to a new, better informed understanding – but – leaves you inspired to continue to be curious about common understandings of history – and to examine the notion of “progress” that continues to lead humans to do unthinkable things to one another – and the planet we inhabit.

An absolute treasure…Trust me!!! Expect to read into the wee hours of the morning…I did. A book – and an ARTIST (author) for a broad audience. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 

Flathead River Fly Fishing

This photo album contains images I captured on our July 2017 float trip fly fishing the middle fork of the Flathead River. Our guide was Chris from Glacier Anglers near the West Glacier N.P. entrance.

We floated 12 miles of the river in one full day and were mesmerized by the angry and hungry Cutthroat trout (barbless hooks and catch and release ONLY),  Mountain goats as well!!!

A fantastic day in Montana!!!

CLICK ON The IMAGE BELOW to go to the photo album.

 

Flathead River - Middle Fork


 

ENJOY!!!

Metal Mulisha – Motorcycle Aerial Exhibition

The following are images I captured of the Metal Mulisha motorcycle aerial exhibition on Friday evening 8-25-17 at the Madras Airshow in Madras, Oregon.

These images are NOT intended to be viewed on a cell phone. Please use a monitor, your HDTV or a tablet. You can click on any image below to enlarge it – then click the image again to go to the next image. — or — CLICK on either of the LINKS below to go to the entire photo album – then click SLIDESHOW or FULL Screen then navigate to the following image.

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These guys are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

ENJOY!

Madras Airshow

The following are images I captured Friday evening 8-25-17 at the Madras Airshow in Madras, Oregon.

These images are NOT intended to be viewed on a cell phone. Please use a monitor, your HDTV or a tablet. You can click on any image below to enlarge it – then click the image again to go to the next image. — or — CLICK on either of the LINKS below to go to the entire photo album – then click SLIDESHOW or FULL Screen then navigate to the following image.

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ENJOY!!!

 

Cattle Kingdom – The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton – A Review by Bill Dahl

I have read extensively about the history of the American West. It’s a book like Cattle Kingdom that excites me about the fact that the myths that oftentimes inhabit our historical understanding  – can and will be displaced – and rewritten – when exquisitely talented authors like Christopher Knowlton take the reins.

Cattle Kingdom

The depth and breadth of the research that this work contains supports the authors thesis – confirming that history is subject to unearthing new and yet unrevealed discoveries – that can provide the sinew for a new understanding. Knowlton unequivocally demonstrates this unique  journalistic talent. Knowlton’s prose and storytelling ability are hypnotic and mesmerizing.

This is distinctly not a story that requires a preference for tales about the American West. The manner in which Knowlton weaves his story – and brings life to the characters and context – will draw readers who simply desire a really, really good book.

I must admit I had some reluctance deciding whether or not to purchase this volume. I overcame that and am really glad I did.

Many aspects of this book will bring tears to your eyes, ripping your heart apart. You’ll get angry and disgusted. The drama that Knowlton brings to life is addictive…it’s a page turning pleasure. The decimation of the Bison herds had me smelling the carnage that Knowlton described.

For those with an affinity for garnering a better understanding of the American cowboy, the influences in the development of the American West, the cattle industry, the origins of the nature of land ownership in the Western U.S. psyche, the influence of capital in the development of the American West, the beef industry, conservation, wildlife management – and – again – those who desire to be immersed in a truly fascinating true tale – well – this book is for you.

I honestly can’t imagine anyone selecting this book to devour and not coming away completely satisfied about their decision.

Frankly, I urge you to select Christopher Knowlton as your guide to the hidden history of the cowboy West. You’ll be delighted you did. Trust me…believe me…A PHENOMENAL BOOK!!!

YEEHAW!!!

Killers of the Flower Moon – The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – A Book Review by Bill Dahl

Killers of the Flower Moon – The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann – 2017 – Doubleday NY,NY

Killers of The Flower Moon

 

Riveting. Disgusting. It took way too long to tell this true story. This is a heartbreaker in far too many ways. Yet, BRAVO!!! for Grann to invest his life in revealing the truth – in an enthralling and sensitive way.

The reader will be submerged in the drama, characters and context that is painted so deliberately and eloquently by Grann.

This is a “I can’t put it down” work of American history. Yet, it’s vastly more than that.

Required reading. Absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!