This is the third in Greenberg and Pronzini's "Best of the West" anthology series (preceded by .The Lawmen and The Outlaws, the Best of the West, and includes nine stories and a poem from authors ranging from Owen Wister, Rex Beach, and B. M. Bower to Elmore Leonard and Elmer Kelton. These are pieces that show the cowboy, not as a celluloid hero, but as a working man who was often lonely, worked hard, and faced danger, yet knew how to have a good time as well. Stories like Theodore Sturgeon's "Scars" and H. A. DeRosso's "Fear in the Saddle" show how they shared the kinds of problems any man could face; S. Omar Barker's "Trail Fever" portrays, with generous humor, the difficulties of getting a herd across a muddy river; Kelton's "Man on the Wagon Tongue" addresses issues of race that remain relevant today; "The Winning of the Biscuit-Shooter" (later part of LIN MCLEAN, the collected adventures of a friend of Wister's famous Virginian) shows a cowboy's method of courtship; Clay Fisher's "Isley's Stranger" is a mystical yet humorous tale of the defusing of a sheep-vs.-cattle war; B. M. Bower's "Bad Penny" (a story of her Happy Family of Flying U cowboys) shows how good can come out of what looks at first like evil, or at least carelessness. These are skilfully crafted and often lyrical stories by writers who know what cowboys really were. No Western-lover should miss them.