Three pretty great things are in this title, and there’s even more than just those three great things in the book. “Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears” is the true account of some of the gnarliest times and territory in Western history. Starting in “the first bloody battles between mountain men and Indians to shootouts between famous gunslingers”

The author, Matthew P. Mayo (delicious name) has written previously “Winters’ War,” “Wrong Town,” and “Hot Lead, Cold Heart.”   He’s also got a variety of short stories and poems published, but this appears to be his most man-tastic work to date. Consider the except from the first chapter entitled Head-Smashed-In Buffalow Jump. 

For more than five thousand years, the Plains Indians hunted buffalo throughout the Rocky mountains by driving entire herds over high cliffs. The Head-Smashed-In site was in use for many centuries, as evidenced by the thirty-foot-deep deposits of bone at the base. It got its name from the young Blackfoot Indian who wanted to see, up close, the buffalo as they jumped off the cliff. 

The book is 264 pages of leathery, sweaty manliness. And, if you like this sort of thing, uyou should also check out “Badass A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live.” But before that, check out this one. [Buy it]

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