The West: An Illustrated History
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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THE WEST: An Illustrated HistoryUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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
The West: an illustrated historyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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