Mammoth Book of the West

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The story of the American West is one of the great epics of mankind. This exhilarating account is at once a complete, anecdotal history and a compendium of Western lore. It shows what life on the frontier was really like and portrays the brave, strong and sometimes violent men and women who explored, fought for and finally tamed a continent.

From the pioneers, the cattle barons, the coming of the lawmen and the tragic demise of the Plains Indians, all the heroes and villains of ...

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Overview

The story of the American West is one of the great epics of mankind. This exhilarating account is at once a complete, anecdotal history and a compendium of Western lore. It shows what life on the frontier was really like and portrays the brave, strong and sometimes violent men and women who explored, fought for and finally tamed a continent.

From the pioneers, the cattle barons, the coming of the lawmen and the tragic demise of the Plains Indians, all the heroes and villains of the West are here - familiar names such as Sitting Bull, Doc Holliday, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Crazy Horse, Custer, Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok.

As well as giving a narrative of the American West this book includes a mass of intriguing and fascinating detail, from the words of Navajo medicine chants to the way the Montana cowboys warmed the bits for their horses' mouths and, finally, how the Wild West has entered the modern culture of America and the rest of the world through its depiction in movies and television.

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Library Journal
Lewis (coauthor of Cult-TV, Trafalgar Square, 1994) begins his documentary history on an ominous note: "The American West was a time, and a place. But above all, it was a state of mind." State of mind or not, the disappearance of the American West will come as a surprise to its 75 million or so contemporary residents. Lewis takes us through the various movements out West by the trappers, explorers, gold diggers, etc., yet the reader will look in vain for anything on women and blacks. The mistake Lewis makes is a common onehe romanticizes and limits his subject to the era of colonization by white people. For a mammoth book, this is fatal; Lewis suggests that the only time that matters is that of gunslingers like Billy the Kid, law officers, and U.S. marshals. For public libraries whose readers enjoy Louis L'Amour's fiction.David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786703760
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Mammoth Book Series
  • Edition description: 1 CARROLL
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part I The Way West
Prologue 3
Into the Wilderness 10
The Clash of Empire 14
Daniel Boone and the Bluegrass 20
The Revolution in the West 24
The Voyage of Lewis and Clark 34
Pike's Progress, Long's Labour 44
Of Mountain Men and Furs 50
"And Remember the Alamo" 62
Pioneers Across the Plains 77
The Donner Tragedy 96
Westward With God 103
The Gold Rush 112
Motive Power 128
Part II The Trampling Herd
Prologue 147
The Cradle of the Cattle Kingdom 149
On the Trail 155
Babylons of the Plains 171
"Oh, To Be a Cowboy" 181
Bonanzaland 196
Billy the Kid 206
Snow, Sheep and Blood 222
Part III The Lawless Land
Prologue 251
The Outlaw Breed 268
Jesse James and His Men 280
Frontier Lawmen 294
The Legend and Life of Wyatt Earp 303
Texas Rangers, Pinkerton Detectives 313
Wild, Wild Women 329
Part IV The Indian Wars
Prologue 339
War Comes to the Land of Little Rain 345
The Great Sioux Uprising 353
Sand Creek 359
Red Cloud's War 367
Blood on the Grasslands 381
The Struggle for the Staked Plains 405
Little Big Horn 415
Geronimo, Apache Tiger 431
Ghost Dancers 450
Part V The Last Days of the West
Prologue 459
Settling the Great Plains 462
The Wild Bunch 479
The Saga of Tom Horn 489
Wild West Shows and Rodeos 495
Afterword: The West in the Movies 503
Appendix I Chronology of the American West 515
Appendix II Bibliography 529
Appendix III The American Indian Nations of North America 545
Index 551
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