Books: Under $35

In his introduction to this sagebrush valedictory, Novelist Thomas McGuane catalogues the hallmarks of the fading West: "The dead windmills lost behind the high wire of a missile range, the stove-up old cowboy at the unemployment of fice, the interstate that plunges through the homesteads . . ." Threatened by land development and automated meat production, folks less durable than cowpunchers would have ridden into the sunset long ago. Yet they hang on, as evidenced by Vanishing Breed (New York Graphic Society; 144 pages; $29.95). More than 100 evocative photographs catch ranch hands...

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