Synopses & Reviews
This book embodies the theme that, as succeeding groups have occupied the American West and shaped the land, they have done so without regard for present inhabitants.
"An excellent new synthesis of Western history...[White] is a lively, graceful writer...and he tells a story very different from the traditional picture of the progress of Anglo-American civilization, but no less compelling." New York Times Book Review
"This book is nearly all-embracing in scope: in well-written and densely packed chapters organized topically, White takes us from the times of early Spanish explorers in the 1500s to the years of the Ronald Reagan presidency." Pacific Northwest Quarterly
A centerpiece of the New History of the American West, this book embodies the theme that, as succeeding groups have occupied the American West and shaped the land, they have done so without regard for present inhabitants. Like the cowboys herding the doggies, they have cared little about the cost their activities imposed on others; what has mattered is the immediate benefit they derived from their transformation of the land.
About the Author
Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, is author of Itand#39;s Your Misfortune and None of My Own: A New History of the American West and Remembering Ahanagran: Storytelling in a Familyand#39;s Past.