Book Review: One Man's West

January Book Review

One Man's West

By David Lavender

One Man’s West takes a deep look into the history of our region, bringing the reader on harrowing treks through the mountains to remote mining camps and then down into the valleys to brand and sort cattle alongside a dozen or more fellow cowboys in the brush.

A memoirist and historian that straddles his lofty education (Princeton) and his down-home upbringing on the ranch, David Lavender brings forth the harsh beauty of the West at a time when the country was only just getting out of its own raft of hardships, and about to enter the fray of another.

As many other reviewers have said, this book is written in an almost conversational style, alternating between the language of the uneducated but highly skilled cowboys and miners, and the language found only in the halls of the Ivy League. The reader sees every flower about which Lavender writes, they can smell the chicken cooking in the mess hut, and they can certainly imagine how hard life must have been for Lavender, his wife, and all of their friends, families, and neighbors in the mountains of southwestern Colorado.

We highly recommend this book, but take your time reading it. There’s a lot to digest!