Story of the West

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This blend of social, cultural, political, and economic history tells the complete story of the American West -- from prehistoric mammoth hunters to present-day Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Written in an clear, engaging style by prominent historians in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, The Story of the West brings to life the historical figures behind the myths with photos, objects, paintings, and drawings from the Smithsonian's collection. Contributors include: ...
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This blend of social, cultural, political, and economic history tells the complete story of the American West -- from prehistoric mammoth hunters to present-day Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Written in an clear, engaging style by prominent historians in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, The Story of the West brings to life the historical figures behind the myths with photos, objects, paintings, and drawings from the Smithsonian's collection. Contributors include: James P. Ronda, John Logan Allen, Glenda Riley, and W. Raymond Wood.


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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.

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This is a big, beautiful book filled with spectacular illustrations and expert narratives on the American West from prehistory to the late 20th century. Editor Utley (Cavalier in Buckskin; Lone Star Justice) has impeccable credentials, and one of his great successes here is the total integration of text and pictures, providing great visual interest for the general public and scholars alike. Extensive use is made of excellent sidebar features (e.g., on Native American languages, Yellowstone, and California Joe) that stand apart from the main text, almost overpowering the strong main narrative. Despite the publisher's claim that this is "the only book to recount the complete history of the Western States," there have been many serious single-volume attempts, perhaps most notably The Oxford History of the American West, edited by Clyde A. Milner II and others, which features a good deal more text though fewer illustrations. Nevertheless, public and school libraries will find Utley's compendium a sophisticated and attractive overview of U.S. history, and many college libraries will find it appropriate as well. Highly recommended.-Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789496607
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 10.16 (w) x 12.08 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOLARSHIP

    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.

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