This is a narrative of cowboy life in a less-sensational portrayal, which is unusual for this period. Written by a Texas cowhand who turned preacher, Will S. James wrote about the cowboy as he really was, describing cowboy life in considerable detail. This edition of the book contains the 25 original illustrations, rejuvenated, and 10 additional place-, time-, and subject-relevant iconic illustrations of life on the range that are unique to this edition of the book. W. S. James, born 1856, has been described by J. Frank Dobie as a "genuine cowboy who became a genuine preacher and wrote a book of validity. This is the best of several books of reminiscences by cowboy preachers, some of whom are lacking in the real thing as certain cowboy artists." W. S. James should not be confused with William Roderick ("Will") James, who illustrated and wrote many books.