The American West (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 448 pages
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Dee Brown is most renowned for authoring the all-time bestselling book on the West, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which has sold more than 5,000,000 copies in English and has had countless translations the world over. This was the first fully realized, sympathetic history of Native Americans and became an immediate classic.

Here, now, is The American West, a brilliant account of America's most famous drama. By centering solely on three subjects, Native Americans, settlers, and ranchers, Brown effortlessly re-creates these groups' struggles for their place in this new landscape and illuminates the history of the old West. Beginning with the demise of the Native Americans of the Plains, Brown depicts the onrush of the burgeoning cattle trade and the waves of immigrants who ultimately "settled" the land. In the retelling of this oft-told saga, Brown has demonstrated once again his abilities as a master storyteller and an entertaining popular historian.

By turns heroic, tragic, and even humorous, The American West brings to life American tragedy and triumph in the years from 1840 to the turn of the century, and a roster of characters both great and small: Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Dull Knife, Crazy Horse, Captain Jack, John H. Tunstall, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Wild Bill Hickok, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Buffalo Bill, and many others.

The American West is about cattle and the railroads; it is about settlers who came to claim a land not originally their own and how they slowly imposed law and order on these wild and untamed places; and it is about the wanton destruction of the Native American way of life. This is epic history at its best and popular history at its most readable.

This new work is culled from Dee Brown's highly acclaimed writings, which instantly established him as one of America's foremost Western authorities. Fully revised, rewritten, and edited into one seamless account of America's most famous frontier, this epic narrative, along with the introduction and a chronological table of events, etches an unforgettable and poignant portrait. The American West is at once a tribute to the West and a majestic new peak for a writer whose long and successful career has been synonymous with excellence in frontier history.
  

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User Review  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

While this 410 page book has a pub date of 1994, most of the material comes from three earlier books written in the 50's by the same authors, Dee Brown and Martin Schmitt. These are "Fighting Indians ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ralph - Goodreads

"American West" is the synthesis of Brown's and Schmitt's three earliest books--"Fighting Indians of the West," "Trail Driving Days," and "The Settlers' West"--and in the introduction he tells how ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
17
Westward March
27
Mountain Barrier
28
The Prairies and the Great Plains
30
The Crooked Straight Rough Places Plain
36
Longhorns and Pioneers
42
Jesse Chisholm
54
Cattle Horses and Cowboys
59
The Finer Things in Life
176
Little Green Schoolhouse
181
The Myth and Its Makers
189
RipRoaring Trail Towns
198
Wild Bill Hickok
200
Hays City Stagecoach
214
The Vision of Sitting Bull
215
Custers Last Rally
228

Branding Nineteenth Century
64
The Bozeman Trail 186668
68
Drag Riders
71
End of the Trail Drive
77
Red Cloud of the Sioux
78
Red Cloud
84
Staking Down Buffalo Skins 1870
99
Black Kettle of the Cheyennes
100
Cheyenne and Arapahoe Chiefs
105
Kiowa and Comanche
110
Events of 186869
111
White Bear
113
Kiowa Calendar
120
The Conquest of Cochise
124
Apache Scouts
128
Treaties and the Thieves Road
132
CrazyintheLodge
135
The Big Rolling Land
140
Sod Shanty on the Plains
142
Puffing Monsters of the Prairies
148
Year of the Grasshopper
151
The Story of a Western Town
163
Supply Depot
167
The Warriors Come In
229
Dull Knife Marches Home
240
Captain Jack and the Modocs
247
Joseph of the Nez Perces
255
Joseph
257
The Peace Seekers
265
The Saga of Dodge City
273
The Sioux Reservations in 189091 367
275
The Beef Bonanza
285
Billy the Kid
301
Free Grass in the Northwest
310
Teddy Roosevelt
323
Big Blizzards and Little Wars
330
Jollification
347
Cheyenne Club
348
The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee
364
Dead Chief
375
Wild West Shows and Rodeos
377
Law Order and Politics
390
A Selected Chronology of Events in the West
411
Index
445
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Dee Brown is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction relating to American frontier history. Born in 1908, Brown worked as a printer's devil and newspaperman before studying in Washington, D.C., and joining the University of Illinois as an agricultural librarian. He now lives with his wife, Sally, in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.

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