Chasing the Rodeo (Harcourt) is Austin journalist W. K. Stratton’s personal assay of the rodeo arts and the sport’s colorful history and personalities, from western star Tom Mix to legendary bucking-bronco rider Jackson Sundown. It’s also an ode to Cowboy Don, Stratton’s absentee father, who spent much of his life scratching out a living on the rodeo circuit. Stratton’s anecdotes, research, and personal observations about seven of America’s most unique rodeos provide a behind-the-scenes look at an American subculture that is alien to most. Chasing the Rodeo consciously reaches out to readers of all stripes, but it will be most fully appreciated by faithful fans of riding, roping, and big, shiny belt buckles.