Dary tells this fascinating story with grace and humor. A must for anyone interested in the West.
The scope of this book is as wide as the region and as thorough as a wagon master's supply list.
Los Angeles Times
Completely fresh and revealing.
A fascinating array of information. Portrays the coming together of a great nation.
Dary uses entrepreneur in its widest sense: one who undertakes a project requiring boldness or energy. By this standard, all of the activities discussed in this survey of economic development in the Westfrom the early 19th-century traders and trappers to the merchants and farmers who closed the frontierare appropriately included. As with most surveys, depth must be sacrificed for breadth, but Dary does so in an uneven manner. He gives a quite detailed account of freighting, but just skims the surface on townsites. Also, he emphasizes the pre-Civil War period, whereas most development took place after the Civil War. In his bibliography Dary fails to list important relevant works by Faulk, Dale, Osgood, Reps, Winther, et al. Nonetheless, this is still a useful anecdotal account suitable for most libraries.Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette