Mammoth Book of the Westby Jon E. Lewis
From the pioneers, the
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.
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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.