An avalanche of Western lore and legend and lure which must include whatever more there is to be said of this land where the bloom is on the sage. There seem to be no possible omissions, as the chapters discuss the history of the rodeo, institutions yesterday and today, stories of longhorns, mustangs and vaqueros; days of the Chisholm Trail; broncs and bronco busting; changes in ranching methods over the years; cowmen and sheep herders; different phases of the cowboys' labors. The glossary of cowboy lingo and the list of ""did you know that's"" provides a check on aspiring cowboys' knowledge. Mr. Gorham's hard-riding style is apt for the Western fan who likes his waddie-talk with war-whoops. Our chief question is, however, the one of age level. The material is aimed at an age group a shade above the fan level of chaps and pistols today. This might have some plus value for the ""read to me about cowboys"" group.