Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1986 Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Lonesome Dove" is the story of a cattle drive. Former Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae run a small cattle outfit in south Texas when an old riding friend shows up. Jake Spoon puts the seed of ambition in Captain Call's head when he begins talking about Montana. Call decides he wants to build the first cattle ranch in what is still the wild west.
So, the Hat Creek Cattle Company set off on a 3,000 mile cattle drive. There's thunderstorms, dust storms, snow storms and a grasshopper storm. They meet old enemies and an old girlfriend. And plenty of rivers to get across.
This is my favorite book. It's truely amazing.