The Best of Dee Brown's West

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Overview

Dee Brown, our foremost popular historian of the American West, has been exploring its "true history" for more than 50 years in some 30 books and dozens of articles. Known for his forceful and well-documented narratives, Dee Brown changed the way many people look at the West. This collection spans 100 years of history. Included are pieces on noted figures such as Lewis and Clark and Geronimo, stories of the Pony Express riders, longhorn ranchers and cowboys, and women who were brought to the West to marry miners and ranchers. He offers accounts of the Trail of Tears, the Santa Fe Trail, western settlement, the Plains Indians, war and peace between whites and Indians, and an assortment of intrigues, crimes and scandals. Containing some of Brown's best work, this book will captivate readers with an interest in a perennially fascinating chapter of our history.

About the Authors:

D. Alexander Brown was born in Alberta, Louisiana, in 1908 and raised in Arkansas. Brown has received numerous awards for his writings. His most famous work, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (1971), sold over 4 million copies, was translated into some 17 languages, and is still in print.

Stan Banash, who reviews nonfiction books on the American West, has contributed feature articles to various national magazines. Banash is a member of Western Writers of America, the Western History Association, and Westerners International.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
An excellent collection.
New Mexico Book League
Few historians have the eye for the "story" in "history" that Dee Brown has. Here is a broad selection of his most readable tales of western history.
New York Times Book Review
Those who prefer their history as readable narrative, uncluttered by...the disputes of academic historians, will enjoy this anthology.... These stories confirm that the Old West was indeed, in Brown's words, "a place of magic and wonders."
Roundup Magazine
This is a wonderful brief history of the West, meticulously researched. Open it to any page and lose yourself in history.
Wild West Magazine
Best known for his book "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee," Brown has also written outstanding shorter pieces of nonfiction—24 of which appear here.... Highly readable narrative.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In recent years, Brown, the author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and the memoir When the Century Was Young, has been compiling short pieces of Western folklore and history. This is, in fact, the best collection of his essays, showcasing his empathetic treatment of his subjects and his careful research, factors that have earned him high honors in the genre. His accounts have refocused our understanding of history and of the roles played by Native people and courageous, often foolish and greedy, white settlers. Here are accessible, consistently entertaining and informative stories of famous events: "The Trail of Tears" is a heart-wrenching narrative of the forced removal of Cherokee Indians to newly declared Indian territory. "As well as could be estimated the Cherokees had lost about four thousand by deathsor one out of every four members of the tribe." "A Girl in the Donner Party" looks at the tragic trip over the Donner Pass through the diary of 12-year-old Virginia Reed. "The Pirates of the Ohio" describes the dangers awaiting settlers as they ventured westward via flatboats on the Ohio River. The stories of such well-known figures as Lewis and Clark, Jim Bridger, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as well as other, more obscure characters are told as if Brown himself had lived closely with each. Supplemented by period photographs and illustrations, the anthology reads like fiction but educates as well. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Veteran author Brown (American West, LJ 12/94) has brought together periodical articles he has written over the course of his illustrious career. Arranged chronologically, the articles trace the history of the Western frontier from early settlements to what some consider the end of the frontier, the Battle of Wounded Knee. The short pieces present subjects such as the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the Santa Fe Trail, the Pony Express, and the Battle of Wounded Knee, along with colorful Western personalities, including Jim Bridger, Lewis and Clark, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Geronimo. The articles are well written and interesting. Recommended for most libraries because of the popularity of the subject and the worthiness of the author.Terri P. Summey, Emporia State Univ. Lib., Kan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940666771
  • Publisher: Clear Light Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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