Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

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"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." --Richard White
The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.
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What People Are Saying

Howard R. Lamar
Written with extraordinary grace and understanding, Patricia Nelson Limerick's The Legacy of Conquest returns the Western American past to the mainstream of national history….Most important of all is her eloquent plea for Westerners, whether Anglo, Hispanic, Indian, Asian or black, to see the West as a shared place, a splendid whole which each has helped create.
—Howard R. Lamar
C. Vann Woodward
With a grace, clarity and vision all her own, Patricia Limerick places the myths and realities of the American West and its history in fresh perspective.
—C. Vann Woodward
Richard White
The Legacy of Conquest is going to be the most talked about and influential book in Western history in years. The pleasure of Patricia Limerick's prose will lead readers painlessly into a subtle and careful reconsideration of the American West. [She] is one of the most engaging historians writing today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393304978
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 528,405
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Nelson Limerick is a professor of history and chair of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    unbroken past

    The book was written for professor. It was not an easy read. It took me days to read the entire book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    A different look at the "Old West"

    This was a book I had to read for a graduate course on American Frontiers. It was a decent book. The first half of the book however, is MUCH better than the back half, unfortunately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Very good overall

    Although revisionist, the revising is right on the mark. She does falter a few steps by letting her own political extremism get in the way of scholarship, but this does not lessen the value of the book. Excellent prose as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Excellent text

    I'm a medievalist, so I don't usually read US history, but...Dr. Limerick's work is a masterful survey of the dissapearing 'frontier' in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's a pleasurable read, as well.

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