PositiveThe New York Times Book Review\"... fine, elegantly written ... Grandin is a fine explainer with a knack for pithy summary ... Grandin keeps his cool — he prefers the stiletto to the club — but he grows angrier as his history reaches the present day.\
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewKnowlton has a sharp eye for details — in cattle towns, boardinghouses featured communal toothbrushes dangling from strings — but his real aim is the big picture. Cattle Kingdom is a cautionary tale of boom and bust. Despite the gunslingers and cowpokes, this lively history evokes the headiest days of the housing bubble of the early 2000s or the tulip mania that hypnotized Holland in the 1600s. The analysis does not bog down the storytelling. Knowlton deftly balances close-ups and bird’s-eye views.
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewEgan has a gift for sweeping narrative — he moves briskly through the Great Hunger, the open-air prison that was Australia, the Civil War — and he has a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail...This is masterly work.