Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch


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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • One. The Beginning, Century II
  • Two. Embellishing a Legacy
  • Three. Let's Go to a Roundup
  • Four. Simple Styles, Simple Habits
  • Five. On Entering Another World
  • Six. Going International: The First Step
  • Seven. Inventing a Beef Factory—Venezuela
  • Eight. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
  • Nine. Brazil, a Multifaceted Adventure
  • Ten. Argentine Problems, People Problems
  • Eleven. Versailles via Flushing Meadows
  • Twelve. Another World, Down Under
  • Thirteen. From the New Cattle World to the Old
  • Fourteen Decision Making, the Contorted Process
  • Fifteen. The Trials of the Two Kings
  • Sixteen. We Say Good-bye
  • Afterword
  • Index

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"... a valuable contribution to an understanding of the rich, on-going history of the King Ranch... the author is articulate, skillful, and best of all, an excellent storyteller." -- David Murrah, Director, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University "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

About the Author

Former Assistant to the President of King Ranch, the late John Cypher was a resident of Kingsville, Texas, and a regular contributing columnist to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.


John Cypher spent 40 years (1948-88) on the King Ranch, most of the time as assistant to the president [Bob Kleberg]. Few people could be better qualified to lend an air of intimacy to a story about a 15-million-acre spread and the man who led it for more than 50 years. Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch 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.
*Houston Chronicle*

Cypher writes ranch history and personal memories of ‘The Boss’ with affection and self-effacing loyalty. His easy conversational style makes life on a working ranch, the care and feeding of visiting celebrities and the field of international agribusiness both understandable and entertaining. If [Edna] Ferber were writing Giant today, she wouldn’t need to visit the King Ranch. She could read Cypher’s book.
*San Antonio Express-News*

Cypher not only writes well but he is a great story teller and gives the reader probably the best of what will ever be known of the inner Bob Kleberg.
*East Texas Historical Journal*

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