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History: Reviews of New BooksThe publication of How the West was Lost moves Stephen Aron, currently a professor at UCLA, into the front ranks of contemporary American historians. The book shatters customary generic boundaries to incorporate insights from many types of history—social, political, economic, ethnohistory, women's history, religious history, even the 'new' western history. Though the ground has been covered before, no one prior to Aron has so thoroughly and insightfully examined the range of complex issues involved in the development of Kentucky from frontier to settlement... How the West was Lost is an insightful and accessible book, one that should have an appeal beyond the professional historian. A brief review does scant justice to the subtlety and thoroughness with which Aron details the mentalities and motivations of the historical actors in the drama of Kentucky settlement.
— Charles B. Churchill