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The cows behind the cowboy

The cows behind the cowboy

Main History
In August 2019, US Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who spoke out against restoring endangered species for grizzly bears, commissioned livestock farmers who claim that animals hunt their cattle to be "radical environmentalists who want to destroy our western way of life", blown up. This idea that the "western way of life" - cowboys, ranches, free-range farming - is deeply patriotic, natural and good is anchored in American iconography on the right (Cheney is a staunch Republican), but also on the left. The cow is at the center of Western, as Joshua Specht shows in his fascinating new book. Specht's story follows the American cattle industry from its inconsistent beginnings to the development of a national market. Even if this book appears at first glance as a comprehen...