Malone’s superbly crafted narrative treats the political economy of Butte and Montana from the gold boom of the 1870s through the absorption of the copper independents by the Standard Oil financed Amalgamated Copper Company in the first decade of the twentieth century.... The Battle for Butte is fine history: rich in detail, full of finely drawn people, masterfully clear where the subject matter is most complex, constructed to preserve something of the tone and atmosphere of the age.
The Battle for Butte: Mining and Politics on the Northern Frontier, 1864-1906by Michael P. Malone
A classic study of mining entrepreneurship, Battle of Butte is the authoritative work on the War of the Copper Kings for the 'richest hill on earth.'
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Since it was first published in 1981, The Battle for Butte has remained the most sophisticated account of the events in Butte and the best treatment of the influence of copper in the political history of Montana.
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William L. Lang is professor of history at Portland State University.
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