"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." Richard White
The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.
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About the Author
Patricia Nelson Limerick is a professor of history and chair of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
What People are Saying About This
Written with extraordinary grace and understanding, Patricia Nelson Limerick's The Legacy of Conquest returns the Western American past to the mainstream of national history….Most important of all is her eloquent plea for Westerners, whether Anglo, Hispanic, Indian, Asian or black, to see the West as a shared place, a splendid whole which each has helped create.
Howard R. Lamar
The Legacy of Conquest is going to be the most talked about and influential book in Western history in years. The pleasure of Patricia Limerick's prose will lead readers painlessly into a subtle and careful reconsideration of the American West. [She] is one of the most engaging historians writing today.
With a grace, clarity and vision all her own, Patricia Limerick places the myths and realities of the American West and its history in fresh perspective.
C. Vann Woodward
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book was written for professor. It was not an easy read. It took me days to read the entire book.
This would be an excellent Mencken-ish send-up of Western politics if Limerick weren't so earnest about history scholarship being able to sort out our problems. If only we realized most of the United States originally belonged to Mexico! Then our illegal immigration problems would... what, exactly? Go away?Earnestness aside, there's some really funny stuff in here. And a decent survey of western history scholarship. As is usual in academic books, you're better off skipping the first and last chapters, and you'll still run into some sentences like this: "When horses met Volkswagens in what had once been wilderness, it was obvious that a great deal had changed in the American West." [p. 134]
A classic of Western history, Limerick was among the first to write in women and non-whites into the Western narrative.
This was a book I had to read for a graduate course on American Frontiers. It was a decent book. The first half of the book however, is MUCH better than the back half, unfortunately.
Although revisionist, the revising is right on the mark. She does falter a few steps by letting her own political extremism get in the way of scholarship, but this does not lessen the value of the book. Excellent prose as well.
I'm a medievalist, so I don't usually read US history, but...Dr. Limerick's work is a masterful survey of the dissapearing 'frontier' in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's a pleasurable read, as well.