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I was surprised at the "balance" of opinion on the subject, as he was quite controversial - you either loved him, or you hated him. I had read quite a bit of popular literature about him, and others of his persuasion, but they were quite opinionated - myth builders.

He also provides a rich discussion of the social relations engineered by Miller & Lux, from the dispossession of Californio rancheros to the ethnic segmentation of the firm's massive labor force. The book also covers such topics as land acquisition and reclamation, water politics, San Francisco's unique business environment, and the city's relation to its surrounding hinterlands.

No other work on late nineteenth-century California so stylishly and convincingly brings together the social, economic, and ecological dimensions of the state's post-Gold Rush development. -Stephen Aron, author of "How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay.

Wohald
In the early 70's went to work at Stanford Ranch, a "stocker" cattle/Quarter Horse operation. The owner loaned me this book to read; I was inspired and informed with wisdom of early California business genius in both the beef business and water/aqueduct usage. Great pragmatic principles of use/value. Though subsequently I've given this book to several people, I'm not sure they derived the value I did. A fascinating read, and a valuable contribution to anyone interested in that livestock/genre be it investor, operator, employee, or vendor.
Raniconne
Reading this book put me back in time. I live and work in the area Henry Miller owned. Everywhere you turn in this area you are unknowingly walking on local history.

It gave me a new perspective for the area around me which most people, myself included take for granted. It is shameful how much of what Henry Miller amassed is now gone and with every passing day goes a little more of our local history.

A must read for anyone who relishes the era of days gone by and a time when every person could succeed if they worked hard and had some good old fashioned common sense.
Trex
Industrial Cowboys:

As this was a derivative of a PhD dissertation, it was very scholarly. I was surprised at the "balance" of opinion on the subject, as he was quite controversial - you either loved him, or you hated him. I had read quite a bit of popular literature about him, and others of his persuasion, but they were quite opinionated - myth builders. This publication is very valuable for me, and my understanding of my "roots".

I ordered additional copies for key family members, our world-class western history room at the library, and our Historical Society research room.

Bill Renwick ( WR )
greatest
Miller & Lux owned a lot of land in the area we live and we are very interested in the history. Our family moved in this area around 1920 while we know some the history from family this adds to the info.
Grokinos
Love stories about Henry Miller! One of his infamous head quarters was in my hometown of Los Banos, CA. Later named Canal Farm Inn. SO SO disappointed that it was not kept up and became rundown. It had become a landmark steak house in LB. With motel rooms to rent. Lots of local "color" stories or rumors went around the town over 60 years. Then it was sold off and became "Espana's" Mexican Restaurant. With some dumb LITTLE commemoration sign to recall The Canal Farm Inn.
I haven't read this yet---but will get to it someday!!
OH! my maternal grandpa worked for Henry Miller ranch in LB, back in the early 1900's, before he saved enough money to buy a piece of land. Papa groomed the carriage and horses. Also, I got to know his grandson, George Nickel, very well. A great family, tht carried on the local "Miller & Lux" business for many years.
Malaris
This is a fine book that provides important new insights not only into the history of big cattle ranching in California, but also into our broader understanding of the settlement of the American West and the meaning of American industrialization. Igler's concept of the "industrial cowboy" who works, in essence, in a factory without walls in which the landscape of nature itself becomes part of the technological system should force all American historians to rethink their understanding of what constitutes an industrialization. Likewise, Igler's work adds to the growing body of evidence that one of the best ways of defining and thinking about the American West is a place where a relatively pristine environment interesected with an advanced industrial society.
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