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It Was Nevada is a hard hitting book following the adventures of Terry Hope from his earliest days, to his ultimate goal of working on a Nevada cattle ranch. Yet, fate has strange ways and Hope soon finds himself at the University of Nevada pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture and just as suddenly he finds himself on the staff as an assistant professor. Hope soon real It Was Nevada is a hard hitting book following the adventures of Terry Hope from his earliest days, to his ultimate goal of working on a Nevada cattle ranch. Yet, fate has strange ways and Hope soon finds himself at the University of Nevada pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture and just as suddenly he finds himself on the staff as an assistant professor. Hope soon realizes that Nevada agriculture is in jeopardy. Dirty politics, federal intervention and a host of other questionable factors are at work. He and his close Basque friend, Peio “Pete” Echegoyen gradually grow into strong positions at the University. Together, they set out to do their utmost to protect Nevada agriculture. Hope convinces the dean of agriculture that the university must seek out and obtain a working cattle ranch. It’s now or never! The Nevada’s livestock industry is under siege. The goal is obtained, but ultimately at a terrible cost to not only Hope, but Nevada agriculture as well. It Was Nevada sets the stage for what was historically the state’s number one industry; it follows the industry’s struggle to survive as Nevada changes from the most rural state in the union to the most urban. The reader also has a chance to peek at some of Nevada’s more sinful sides. It’s a wild ride through the pages of Nevada history, some true, some fictional – it’s up to you to decide.


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It Was Nevada is a hard hitting book following the adventures of Terry Hope from his earliest days, to his ultimate goal of working on a Nevada cattle ranch. Yet, fate has strange ways and Hope soon finds himself at the University of Nevada pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture and just as suddenly he finds himself on the staff as an assistant professor. Hope soon real It Was Nevada is a hard hitting book following the adventures of Terry Hope from his earliest days, to his ultimate goal of working on a Nevada cattle ranch. Yet, fate has strange ways and Hope soon finds himself at the University of Nevada pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture and just as suddenly he finds himself on the staff as an assistant professor. Hope soon realizes that Nevada agriculture is in jeopardy. Dirty politics, federal intervention and a host of other questionable factors are at work. He and his close Basque friend, Peio “Pete” Echegoyen gradually grow into strong positions at the University. Together, they set out to do their utmost to protect Nevada agriculture. Hope convinces the dean of agriculture that the university must seek out and obtain a working cattle ranch. It’s now or never! The Nevada’s livestock industry is under siege. The goal is obtained, but ultimately at a terrible cost to not only Hope, but Nevada agriculture as well. It Was Nevada sets the stage for what was historically the state’s number one industry; it follows the industry’s struggle to survive as Nevada changes from the most rural state in the union to the most urban. The reader also has a chance to peek at some of Nevada’s more sinful sides. It’s a wild ride through the pages of Nevada history, some true, some fictional – it’s up to you to decide.

10 review for It Was Nevada

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lane

    If you like western history, agriculture, Nevada, academia and politics, you will enjoy this book. It is a novel based on facts written by Tony Lesperance who was involved in many of the events. I knew Dr. Lesperance as I was also an animal nutritionist. I grew up in Reno and worked at the UNR Experiment Station while in high school. My father was the Experiment Station Director and is in the book. I heard other views of several of the events in the book and people described. Tony is very accurat If you like western history, agriculture, Nevada, academia and politics, you will enjoy this book. It is a novel based on facts written by Tony Lesperance who was involved in many of the events. I knew Dr. Lesperance as I was also an animal nutritionist. I grew up in Reno and worked at the UNR Experiment Station while in high school. My father was the Experiment Station Director and is in the book. I heard other views of several of the events in the book and people described. Tony is very accurate with his characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Highly readable and engaging. A fascinating look at the making of modern Nevada through the eyes of a man who loves the state deeply. The author was perhaps never quite cowboy enough, never quite academic enough to survive in either world completely and this, along with a heavy dose of fate, offers a unique perspective on several major and minor events that ultimately had significant impact on the Nevada we know today.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keri Pommerening

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim Kizer

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacque Ewing-Taylor

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cory

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike Ely

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roberta M. Mogilewicz

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim Koopmann

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