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The cover image of cowboys herding cattle is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Using their horsemanship and lariat skills, cowboys in the American West managed herds of several thousand cattle. These abilities would become especially valuable after the Civil War, when an increased demand for beef in the northern and eastern parts of the country left Texas ranchers needing a way to transport their product. Cowboys would drive Texas Longhorn cattle over 1,000 miles north to railroad cow towns in Kansas and Nebraska. These grueling journeys would take several months to complete, with those in charge of the herd working, eating, and sleeping on the open plain.
Adam Witwer was the production editor and copyeditor for High Performance Linux Clusters with OSCAR, Rocks, openMosix, and MPI. Leanne Soylemez was the proofreader. Claire Cloutier and Sanders Kleinfeld provided quality control. John Bickelhaupt wrote the index.
Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Hanna Dyer and Edie Freedman. Clay Fernald produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe’s ITC Garamond font.
David Futato designed the interior layout. The chapter opening images are from Marvels of the New West: ...