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Montana (Second Edition): High, Wide, and Handsome

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In these pages you will come to fall in love with a ruggedly diverse and strikingly beautiful state, a land that takes hold and won?t let go. Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome is widely recognized as a classic history and delightful ode to the idiosyncratic personalities, restless landscape, unforgettable peoples, and lively history of the Treasure State. William Kittredge provides a new introduction for this edition.
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Overview

In these pages you will come to fall in love with a ruggedly diverse and strikingly beautiful state, a land that takes hold and won’t let go. Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome is widely recognized as a classic history and delightful ode to the idiosyncratic personalities, restless landscape, unforgettable peoples, and lively history of the Treasure State. William Kittredge provides a new introduction for this edition.
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New Yorker
“Superior history of the state of Montana, by an indigenous editor who understands ecology as well as gun-play and who is tearing mad about what a mistaken land policy, monopoly practices, dust storms, and two wars have done to his native earth. Critical, well informed, and brightly written.”—New Yorker
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“The best single book I know on the subject. Scholarly, yet eminently readable, entertaining all the way.”—Weekly Book Review
New Yorker

“Superior history of the state of Montana by an indigenous editor who understands ecology as well as gun-play and who is tearing mad about what a mistaken land policy, monopoly practices, dust storms, and two wars have done to his native earth. Critical, well informed, and brightly written.”

Weekly Book Review

"The best single book I know on the subject. Scholarly, yet eminently readable, entertaining all the way."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803273399
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Kinsey Howard (1906–51) was news editor for the Great Falls Leader and the editor of Montana Margins. A. B. Guthrie Jr.’s books include The Big Sky. William Kittredge is Regents Professor of English and Creative Writing Emeritus at the University of Montana. His books include The Nature of Generosity and The Best Stories of William Kittredge.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword: Montana Is Remote 1
I The Grass 8
II Fifteen Salads 15
III Dry Bleached Prairie Bones 21
IV 2,560 Acres per Family 30
V Mr. Rogers Secedes 38
VI The Scales Were Crooked 48
VII They Had To Grow Up 58
VIII Trial-at-Arms 66
IX Standard Oil Coffins 73
X Boisterous Butte 85
XI The Grass Was Free ... 102
XII Seven Good Indians 114
XIII Nine Holes in Rattlesnake Jake 121
XIV How To Get Rich on the Plains 138
XV Kissineyooway'o 148
XVI The Dream of Jim Hill 167
XVII Hurry, Honyocker! 178
XVIII They Bought Satin Pajamas ... 189
XIX Rain Is All Hell Needs 197
XX The Role of the Federal Reserve 210
XXI Sign on the Door 225
XXII Man on Horseback 236
XXIII "A Russian Jew Named Levine ..." 244
XXIV First in Time First in Right 251
XXV Soil Blowing Is a Disease 275
XXVI There's Food on the Table 287
XXVII The Old North Trail 315
Acknowledgments and Bibliography 330
Index 341
Map 348
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