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The Last of the Plainsmen

Zane Grey

Book Overview: 

The Last of the Plainsman is about the outstanding true account of a trip made in 1909 by Zane Grey and a plainsman, Buffalo Jones, through the Grand Canyon to lasso a cougar. This part of the west was relatively wild and untamed at this time. Wolves, wild horses, buffalo and other wildlife were quite prevalent, and the Indians were not that friendly.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The hunter reined in his horse, and standing high in his stirrups, held his hat at arms' length over his head. So he thrilled to a moment he had sought for two years. The last herd of American bison was near at hand. The cow would not venture far from the main herd; the eight stragglers were the old broken-down bulls that had been expelled, at this season, from the herd by younger and more vigorous bulls. The old monarchs saw the hunter at the same time his eyes were gladdened by sight of them, and lumbered away after the cow, to disappear in the gathering darkness. Frightened buffalo always make straight for their fellows; and this knowledge contented Jones to return to the lake, well satisfied that the herd would not be far away in the morning, within easy striking distance by daylight.

At dark the storm which had threatened for days, broke in a fury of rain, sleet and hail. The hunters stretched a piece of canvas over the wheels of the north side of the wa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The writer Zane Grey did as much as anyone to create a mythology around the Old West, with his cowboy stories featuring hardy, laconic men of impeachable courage and honor, the very image of a thousand such Hollywood cowpunchers and sharp-shooters.

Out on the trail though, he also hunted out some...more

A hunting trip on Arizona Strip/north rim of Grand Canyon.

One of the characters was based on my great uncle Jim Emett so it was extra interesting for me to read the dialogue which may have even been his own.
He was a wild west plainsman who ran Lee's Ferry and was a Navajo guide. He was also a Mormon who had two wives who hate each other's guts so bad t...more

I had to temper my rating for the reader who picks this off the shelf not knowing anything about Zane Grey or the kinds of novels he wrote (all Western themed, and all written at the turn of the 20th Century, so you can guess the subject matter and perspective).
This book, however, deals in real e...more

I have to admit that even though Zane Grey is such a famous author, his writing doesn't seem that great to me. It is very simple, lacks a bit of depth, it is repetitive sometimes and he could've bothered more with some descriptions. That being said, I can fully understand why his books fascinate...more

i always wanted to read A Zane Gray book because Colonel Potter on the TV show M*A*S*H* was always reading his books. he would get called away to an important matter and would say, "i guess Zane Gray will have to wait" then put his book down and go. Zane Gray is one of those classic authors you h...more

Great book by a great writer, always exciting.

I have never read a book by Zane Grey that was not exciting. Every story he writes makes you feel like your there and experiencing the actual events that are taking place. Big fan.

Meh....... It kept me engaged but not anywhere close to a favorite.

Zane Grey is an interesting character since he grew up out east and actually is a grad of U of Pennsylvania. However, he was a prolific writer of stories of the west. Between his novels and John Ford with movies. The myth of the American West was established. This novel is a roughly sandpaper ver...more

So wannabe author Zane Grey, a middle class eastern dentist of around age 35, went west to find out about it and to pursue his passion of writing. He manages to lasso an old plainsman, “Colonel” Buffalo Jones who remembers the days of the great buffalo slaughters. Jones has, apparently, strange s...more

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