Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass by John Cypher

Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass

byJohn Cypher

Paperback | October 1, 1996

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Ranching on the vast scale that Texas is famous for actually happened at King Ranch, a sea of grass that ultimately spread its pastures to countries around the globe under the fifty-year leadership of Bob Kleberg. This absorbing biography, written by Kleberg's top assistant of many years, captures both the life of the man and the spirit of the kingdom he ruled, offering a rare, insider's view of life on a fabled Texas ranch.

John Cypher spent forty years (1948-1988) on King Ranch. In these pages, he melds highlights of Kleberg's life with memories of his own experiences as the "right hand" who implemented many of Kleberg's grand designs. In a lively story laced with fascinating anecdotes he both recounts his worldwide travels with Kleberg as the ranch expanded its holdings to Latin America, Cuba, Australia, the Philippines, Europe, and Africa, and describes timeless, traditional tasks such as roundup at the home ranch in Kingsville.

Kleberg's accomplishments as the founder of the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed and a breeder of Thoroughbred racing horses receive full attention, as does his fabled lifestyle, which included friendships not merely with the rich and famous but also with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who shared his love of horse racing. For everyone interested in ranching and one of its most famous practitioners, this book will be essential reading.

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Title:Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of GrassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:267 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.65 inPublished:October 1, 1996Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292711875

ISBN - 13:9780292711877

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Table of Contents

ForewordOne. The Beginning, Century IITwo. Embellishing a LegacyThree. Let's Go to a RoundupFour. Simple Styles, Simple HabitsFive. On Entering Another WorldSix. Going International: The First Step Seven. Inventing a Beef Factory--VenezuelaEight. Meanwhile, Back at the RanchNine. Brazil, a Multifaceted AdventureTen. Argentine Problems, People Problems Eleven. Versailles via Flushing MeadowsTwelve. Another World, Down UnderThirteen. From the New Cattle World to the OldFourteen Decision Making, the Contorted ProcessFifteen. The Trials of the Two KingsSixteen. We Say Good-bye AfterwordIndex

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John Cypher spent 40 years (l948-1988) on the King Ranch, most of the time as assistant to the president, Bob Kleberg. This book combines a biography of Kleberg with the story of the postwar boom years that changed the King Ranch from a Mexican hacienda into a traditional South Texas cattle ranch and finally into an international corporate agribusiness. - from praise by Houston Chronicle.

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Ranching on the vast scale that Texas is famous for actually happened at King Ranch, a sea of grass that ultimately spread its pastures to countries around the globe under the fifty-year leadership of Bob Kleberg. This absorbing biography, written by Kleberg’s top assistant of many years, captures both the life of the man and the spirit of the kingdom he ruled, offering a rare, insider’s view of life on a fabled Texas ranch. John Cypher spent forty years (1948-1988) on King Ranch. In these pages, he melds highlights of Kleberg’s life with memories of his own experiences as the "right hand" who implemented many of Kleberg’s grand designs. In a lively story laced with fascinating anecdotes he both recounts his worldwide travels with Kleberg as the ranch expanded its holdings to Latin America, Cuba, Australia, the Philippines, Europe, and Africa, and describes timeless, traditional tasks such as roundup at the home ranch in Kingsville. Kleberg’s accomplishments as the founder of the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed and a breeder of Thoroughbred racing horses receive full attention, as does his fabled lifestyle, which included friendships not merely with the rich and famous but also with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who shared his love of horse racing. For everyone interested in ranching and one of its most famous practitioners, this book will be essential reading.Nobody on this earth but you could have written this book with such intimate knowledge of the subject. You have given me insights and information I never had in forty years of devotion to the King Ranch. I salute you. - Tom Lea