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"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.