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Both Feet in the Stirrups©

Bill’s second autobiographical book—400 pages long and hard bound—was published in 1959. 

Like its predecessor, They Were Good Men and Salty Cusses, the stories in Bill’s second book were organized into loose categories with such chapter titles as Boyhood Days, Freighting, Rustlers and Killers, Wild West Shows, and Moonshiners.

Again, some of the stories were enhanced with delightful illustrations, historically correct and wonderfully humorous, by the noted Montana cowboy artist J.K. Ralston. 

The inside flaps of the dust jacket read, in part:  “Bronc riding and book writing are two facets of Bill Huntington’s life that are scores of years apart…  These vivid excerpts from the past will make many a man younger than Bill look back with nostalgia and many a young man dream of an era that was rich, gaudy, and sometimes glorious… 
Bill holds up the mirror on the past and reflects in his delightful homespun manner unforgettable tables of peoples and places in the West, the West meaning from his birthplace in Nebraska to his early adventures in Wyoming, his intimate association with the bitter winters in Montana, his treks to Utah and Idaho… And spicing it all is Bill’s great sense of humor and his philosophy of life.
  Bill, on the right, visits with
J.K. Ralston in the early 1950s.

  Modern man—raised in the comforts of forced air heating, heated automobiles, and air conditioning—will be overwhelmed with the scope of this book…   Here again are honest-to-goodness cowboys, whose love of cattle and the range made all other employment distasteful and unsatisfying.”

This 400-page book, which originally sold for $5, was reprinted only once—in 1998 as a $45 set with They Were Good Men and Salty Cusses.  It is again out of print and unavailable except from collectors.

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