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About the Author:
Robert M. Utley is one of the founders of the Western History Association. His works include Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers, Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier, and High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier.
Posted January 7, 2004
Not only Americans but people throughout the world continue to be fascinated by the history of and stories about our 'Old West.' Beautifully and generously illustrated this comprehensive volume offers a close-up view of this territory and its people. A veteran of the National Park Service and an accomplished historian, Robert Utley offers readers the opportunity to explore six periods in our Western past, enriched with voices heard in diaries, letters, speeches, and newspapers. Opening with those who peopled this area long before Native Americans, some 12,000 years ago, we begin our journey. We learn that prehistoric Indians were not meat eaters, hunters, but rather cultivators. In fact, pumpkins and gourds were grown in Mexico some 7000 years ago. Of course, one of the most important inventions in very early times was the bow and arrow. The years of the Spanish conquistadors are traced as well as the mountain men, cowboys and gun slingers until we touch the hem of the modern West. 'The Story of the West' is a valuable contribution to scholarship as well as a source of enjoyment and enlightenment for lay readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.