As the railroads opened up the American West to settlers in the last half of the 19th Century, the Plains Indians made their final stand and cattle ranches spread from Texas to Montana. Eminent Western author Dee Brown here illuminates the struggle between these three groups as they fought for a place in this new landscape. The result is both a spirited national saga and an authoritative historical account of the drive for order in an uncharted wilderness, illustrated throughout with maps, photographs and ephemera from the period.
Dee Brown is the author of the international bestseller BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. He spent the early years of his life in the lumber camps and oil fields of the American South West, and went on to write more than twenty books relating to American frontier history. He died in December 2002.
Richard Slotkin"Author of "Gunfighter Nation"Dee Brown's "The American West" is popular history at its best: well and vividly written, with a clear and sympathetic eye for both the landscape and human characters of the ranchers, settlers and Indians of the West.
From the author of bestselling Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee comes an incisive account of how the American West changed - some say for the worse - during the 19th century. Native American Indians, settlers and cattle barons all vied for a place in the vast spaces that should have provided room for them all - but each had a reason to fight. At times the fights became even bloodier than Hollywood would have us believe, and yet it was not the rifle or the bullet that finally settled the issue of who would rule in the Wild West, but the railroads. Dee Brown writes with the descriptive eye of a journalist and the irony of a novelist in revealing how the various factions both distrusted but respected each other and how a grudging peace came to that troubled land as the century was drawing to a close. The book is illustrated lavishly with maps and evocative black-and-white photographs. (Kirkus UK)
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