Mammoth Book of the West

Mammoth Book of the West

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by Jon E. Lewis
     
 

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The story of the American West is one of the great epics of mankind. This exhilarating account is at once a complete, anecdotal history and a compendium of Western lore. It shows what life on the frontier was really like and portrays the brave, strong and sometimes violent men and women who explored, fought for and finally tamed a continent.

From the pioneers, the

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The story of the American West is one of the great epics of mankind. This exhilarating account is at once a complete, anecdotal history and a compendium of Western lore. It shows what life on the frontier was really like and portrays the brave, strong and sometimes violent men and women who explored, fought for and finally tamed a continent.

From the pioneers, the cattle barons, the coming of the lawmen and the tragic demise of the Plains Indians, all the heroes and villains of the West are here - familiar names such as Sitting Bull, Doc Holliday, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Crazy Horse, Custer, Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok.

As well as giving a narrative of the American West this book includes a mass of intriguing and fascinating detail, from the words of Navajo medicine chants to the way the Montana cowboys warmed the bits for their horses' mouths and, finally, how the Wild West has entered the modern culture of America and the rest of the world through its depiction in movies and television.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lewis (coauthor of Cult-TV, Trafalgar Square, 1994) begins his documentary history on an ominous note: "The American West was a time, and a place. But above all, it was a state of mind." State of mind or not, the disappearance of the American West will come as a surprise to its 75 million or so contemporary residents. Lewis takes us through the various movements out West by the trappers, explorers, gold diggers, etc., yet the reader will look in vain for anything on women and blacks. The mistake Lewis makes is a common onehe romanticizes and limits his subject to the era of colonization by white people. For a mammoth book, this is fatal; Lewis suggests that the only time that matters is that of gunslingers like Billy the Kid, law officers, and U.S. marshals. For public libraries whose readers enjoy Louis L'Amour's fiction.David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786703760
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
Mammoth Book Series
Edition description:
1 CARROLL
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.66(h) x 1.33(d)

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The Mammoth Book of the West 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was so much in this book I will have to read it again to gain more insight into things I missed the first time. Very good.