The Mythic West in Twentieth-Century America / Edition 1

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Winner of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Award

"The best interpretative study of the twentieth-century American West to date: it is informed, witty, personal. . . . This is high country history at its best."—Martin Ridge, coauthor of Westward Expansion

"One of the most delightful, thoughtful, penetrating, and knowledgeable books on the American West. . . . A real love affair, and a joy to read."—Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., author of Now That the Buffalo's Gone

"Magnificent. . . . This book is a must for anyone interested in understanding the recent history of a major portion of the American West."—Howard R. Lamar in Colorado Heritage

Author Biography: Robert G. Athearn, one of the West's most prominent and beloved historians, was the recipient of the Western History Association's first award for a distinguished body of writing on western history. Among his many books are The Coloradans, Rebel of the Rockies, William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West, and High Country Empire: The High Plains and the Rockies.

Elliott West, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, is the author of The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado. He is also coeditor of Small Worlds: Children and Adolescents in America, 1850-1950.

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Editorial Reviews

Denver Post
Treat yourself to this book if you have any interest in what it means to be Western.
Journal of American History
An intelligent, witty account of the western mystique by one of its great devotees.
Washington Post Book World
Spirited and witty. Told with poise and affection.
Western Historical Quarterly
A fine portrait of the recent West.
Library Journal
This ``blend of scholarship, personal observation, and opinion'' identifies the social and economic forces that molded the West in the 20th century, contrasting the realities of Western development with the ever-changing public perceptions and fantasies responsible for the Western myth. Athearn draws from a wide range of scholarly and popular sources in the course of his discussion. But despite clever turns of phrase, witty analogies, and sporadic insights, the book suffers from the lack of a clearly stated premise and logically structured narrative. It reads like an interminable monologue that never gets to the point. The best features are the illustrations and the ``Essay Sources'' which include the author's references as well as recommendations for additional reading. Frank Schroth, Technology Training Assoc., Cambridge, Mass.
Howard R. Lamar
Magnificent….This book is a must for anyone interested in understanding the recent history of a major portion of the American west.
Colorado Heritage
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700603770
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1986
  • Series: History Book Club
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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