Books: Double Legacy

COWBOY CULTURE by David Dary Knopf; 384 pages; $17.95

Images of the cowboy are never difficult to find in America. Though Hollywood has virtually stopped manufacturing oaters—and counteroaters like Hud—young producers and directors labor on their outer-space operas shod in $1,000 hand-made cowboy boots. Factory hands outfit pickup trucks as high-ridin', gas-guzzlin' quarter horses: shotguns are displayed in the rear windows, and western music yips through the air conditioning. Whether the collars be blue or button-down, frontier chic is a perennial fashion. Our conviction that the cowboy was an enviable individualist in...

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