The West: An Illustrated History

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Little, Brown, Dec 21, 2008 - History - 464 pages
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This vivid narrative history -- magnificently illustrated with more than 400 photographs, many of them never before published -- takes us on a gripping journey through the turbulent history of the region that has come to symbolize America around the world. Drawing on hundreds of letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals as well as the latest scholarship, The West presents a cast as rich and diverse as the western landscape itself: explorers and soldiers and Indian warriors, settlers and railroad builders and gaudy showmen. The book is filled with stories of heroism and hope, enterprise and adventure, as well as tragedy and disappointment. It explores the tensions between whites and the native peoples they sought to displace, but it also encompasses the Hispanic experience in the West. Gracefully written, handsomely designed, meticulously researched, The West is an unrivaled work of history that brilliantly captures all the drama and excitement, the sober realities and bright myths of the American West. Book jacket.

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This brisk narrative of the discovery and settling of the American West is based on the script for the 12-hour PBS series by Stephen Ives and Ken Burns. As with Burns's earlier acclaimed series on the ... Read full review

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From the producers of the PBS series The Civil War and Baseball, which both have accompanying books, comes another compelling companion, with narrative provided by the eminent historian Ward. This ... Read full review


Preface The Dreaming Place
The Most Avid Nations 18061848
Seeing the Elephant 18481865
A Hell of a Strom 18551866
The Grandest Enterprise Under God 18651874
Rivers Run Backward 18741877
The Great DieUp 18771887
The Outcome of Our Earnest Endeavors 1887 Into the Twentieth
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Geoffrey C. Ward is an author, historian, and screenwriter. He has written for numerous documentary films, and has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Ken Burns, July 29, 1953 - Ken Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 29, 1953. Burns attended the alternative campus of Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in film making. After graduating from college, Burns began Florentine Films with a few of his friends, and began creating his first documentary, entitled "The Brooklyn Bridge." This film won an Academy Award in 1982. His most famous work is his "Civil War" series, which has won many various awards. Burns was the first film maker to be inducted into the Society of American Historians, an unprecedented honor.

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