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  1. My Rodeo Years: Memoir of a Bronc Rider's Path to Hollywood Fame
    My Rodeo Years: Memoir of a Bronc Rider's Path to Hollywood Fame
    My Rodeo Years: Memoir of a Bronc Rider's Path to Hollywood Fame
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  2. My Rodeo Years: Memoir of a Bronc Rider's Path to Hollywood Fame

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Rodeo legend, actor and stuntman Yakima Canutt blazed a trail as a champion bronco buster and rode to fame as a collaborator with John Wayne, who claimed to borrow his on-screen persona from Canutt's real one. This memoir, as told to John Crawford, relates Canutt's years on the rodeo circuit, his roles in silent westerns, and his craftsmanship in movie stunts on such epics as Stagecoach and Ben-Hur, as well as his family life and friendships.

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This is a telling book of strong human character. At times rough, but so were the times. A great Christmas gift for any one interested in Rodeo, horses (excellent insight and training tips), movie stunt work in the silents, and early talkies. The companion book Stuntman is far more involved in the movie aspects and behind the scenes. I never felt put-upon in reading this. Many auto or biographical books embellish "slickly" or overtly to the reader the story, but not so here in my opinion. I felt that Yakima was sitting in his living room with me as though sharing with a life-lived some fascinating history that was personalized to me. I really would have liked to have known the man. He was more rough-n-tumble than me, but having spent good part of a life on horse &/or cattle outfits where life was stark, calloused, tough, and raw, Yakima would be the person you'd want to have your back, when the draw-down came. He did an enviable job as a father in raising his children... Read more
This volume fills in a lot of Yakima's earlier years, in rodeo and growing up, that was only lightly covered in "Stunt Man".
If You really want to know the man you have to read Both.
John did a great job on this book, couple mistakes but nothing serious. I have known the family since the late 1940's and miss my 2nd Mom & Dad very much. Their daughter & I are still best of friends to this day.
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