wild-open-spacesWestern stories, films and TV shows stand for some very specific ideals: individualism, honor, courage and loyalty.

Add the high principles to stunning landscapes and thrilling action, and the recipe is irresistible. Yet, the image of the Western fan is an older, Country man reliving childhood fantasies. Not so! Author Rand, puzzled by her own love of the genre, did a sweeping cross-cultural study and reaped unexpected results. The direct quotes from fans are tender and revealing. With this book by a True West contributor, you’ll learn who really loves Westerns while enjoying photos and chats about Western favorites from High Noon (1952) to The Magnificent Seven (1960) to Tombstone (1993).


—Cynthia Green

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