Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1943, Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome was chosen in 1981 by the readers of Montana: The Magazine of Western History as the most significant book on the state.
"This is a book about a lot of things, from the dried buffalo bones that littered the plains in the nineties to the Federal Reserve Policy that dried the state up in the twenties. It is about John Wesley Powell, the prophet honored too late . . . the copper kings and their brazen capers in business and politics. . . . It deals with past, present, and future, with geography and climate, with politics and economics and belated but promising planning. . . . No one but a Montanan and no Montanan but Howard could have written this book. It is his, an expression of love and concern and knowledge told with rare skill. . . . It stands by itself."—from the Preface by A. B. Guthrie Jr. A. B. Guthrie Jr.
"The best single book I know on the subject. Scholarly, yet eminently readable, entertaining all the way."—Weekly Book Review Weekly Book Review
“Superior history of the state of Montana by an indigenous editor who understands ecology as well as gun-play and who is tearing mad about what a mistaken land policy, monopoly practices, dust storms, and two wars have done to his native earth. Critical, well informed, and brightly written.”—New Yorker New Yorker