The Great West: A Treasury of Firsthand Accounts

The Great West: A Treasury of Firsthand Accounts

by Charles Neider
     
 

From 1540 to the turn of the twentieth century, here are the real stories behind the legends by the explorers, American Indians, outlaws, lawmen, scouts, soldiers, frontiersmen, miners, fur traders, and cowboys who lived and witnessed them. Within these pages Lewis and Clark record their remarkable journey to the Pacific; Davy Crockett recounts his adventures in

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From 1540 to the turn of the twentieth century, here are the real stories behind the legends by the explorers, American Indians, outlaws, lawmen, scouts, soldiers, frontiersmen, miners, fur traders, and cowboys who lived and witnessed them. Within these pages Lewis and Clark record their remarkable journey to the Pacific; Davy Crockett recounts his adventures in the wilderness; General George A. Custer writes about his scout Wild Bill Hickok; Two Moon gives his eyewitness account of the Battle of Little Big Horn; Pat F. Garrett tells how he killed Billy the Kid; J. D. Borthwick describes the Gold Rush; Mark Twain celebrates the Pony Express; and the voices of Coronado, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Geronimo, Calamity Jane, Washington Irving, Francis Parkman, Horace Greeley, John Muir, and many more convey their frontier experiences. With maps and nearly a hundred illustrations by Frederick Remington, George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, and others, this unique anthology is a monumental mosaic of life, death, and glory in the American West.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
This book includes more than 50 personal accounts of the settling of the West. These remembrances, which were first published in 1958, are divided into three sections: Pathfinders, which includes the likes of Lewis and Clark; Heroes and Villains such as Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill; and Observers like Washington Irving, Mark Twain, John Muir, Francis Parkman, and many others.
John Barkham
[The Great West] should find a large and appreciative audience. It is a fat grab bag of a book, crammed with action and adventure and as American as the tall corn.
Saturday Review
Robert R. Kirsch
Neider has widely chosen to use the words of the men and women who were actually involved in the events. They speak to us across the years and place us in direct contact with them and their times.
Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306807619
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
8.09(w) x 9.98(h) x 1.37(d)

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