In “Great Ranches of the West,” author and photographer Jim Keen provides a beautiful chronicling of 30 family-owned and -run ranches in the 17 western states. The result of what Keen terms “a five-year creative and educational journey,” Keen dedicates the work to the American rancher and uses compelling storytelling and nearly 600 stunning photographs to relate the history and personality of these family operations. In so doing, he pays homage to the greatness of the western cattle culture and the values and ethics of the independent folks who live on, and preserve, these lands.

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