Barbed Wire Kingdom

BarbedwirekingdomBarbed Wire Kingdom by C. William Harrison

This novel, which appeared in Bluebook in 1954, and was published by Bantam in 1959,  tells the story of Ross Kennet, a rawboned man who gets out of jail and starts promoting barbed wire as a way for small farmers and ranchers to to protect their lands. The problem is that by stringing up wire, they prevent the big ranches from driving their cattle to market. Violence ensues. This was a common problem as the Wild West became increasingly more settled. This is formulaic, simplistic, but a fine classic genre western.  Grade: B-

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