This authoritative, comprehensive, and lavishly illustrated single-volume encyclopedia is a rich source of information about the American West -- real and imaginary, old and new, stretching from coast to coast throughout the ocuntry's history and culture. The encyclopedia consists of more than 2,400 entries in alphabetical order by more than 300 contributors, along with over 600 illustrations and maps.
A richly illustrated and readable compendium of the history, mythology, and personalities of the West. -- Lost Angeles Times Book Review
Twenty years ago, LJ praised Howard Lamar's one-volume Reader's Encyclopedia of the West (LJ 4/15/78) as not only "a useful reference tool, but [also] a delight to browse in." Now Lamar (history, Yale) presents a new, completely revised edition of his encyclopedia, also a useful reference tool and a browser's delight. Lavishly illustrated, the book contains over 2400 entries by some 600 historians of the West--and not just the popular West of cowboys and Indians; subject entries range from the labor movement and women's suffrage to music about the region. Intelligently written and edited, with competent bibliographic listings, this encyclopedia is highly recommended as a replacement for the older work, and libraries with a Western collection or a strong interest in U.S. history in general should buy it as the general encyclopedia on the West.--Charles V. Cowling, Drake Memorial Lib., SUNY at Brockport
With more than 2,400 entries in over 1,300 pages and lavishly illustrated, the new edition, like its predecessor, is sure to be thumbed through avidly by scholars and buffs alike...The New Encyclopedia remains a hefty tribute to the extraordinary appeal of the several million square miles of land between the Mississippi River and the western edge of the continent.
—From The Times Literary Supplement.