The Mammoth Book of the West (Giant Books)

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9780752528243: The Mammoth Book of the West (Giant Books)
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The story of the American West is one of the classics of mankind. This account is at once an anecdotal history and a compendium of Western lore. It shows what life on the frontier was really like and portrays the brave, strong and violent men and women who explored, fought for and finally tamed a continent. From the pioneers, the cattle barons, the coming of the lawmen and the tragic demise of the Plains Indians, all the heroes and villains of the West are here - familiar names such as Sitting Bull, Doc Holliday, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Crazy Horse, Custer, Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok. As well as giving a narrative of the American West this volume includes a mass of detail, including the words of Navajo medicine chants and the way in which cowboys warmed the bit for their horse's mouth, and finally, how the Wild West has entered the culture of America and the rest of the world through its depiction in movies and television.

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Jon E Lewis is the editor of many Mammoth successes including The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast, The Mammoth Book of Soldiers' Stories, The Mammoth Book of Battles, the Mammoth Book of How it Happened and the Mammoth Book of True War Stories. He lives in Herefordshire with his partner and children.

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Lewis (coauthor of Cult-TV, Trafalgar Square, 1994) begins his documentary history on an ominous note: "The American West was a time, and a place. But above all, it was a state of mind." State of mind or not, the disappearance of the American West will come as a surprise to its 75 million or so contemporary residents. Lewis takes us through the various movements out West by the trappers, explorers, gold diggers, etc., yet the reader will look in vain for anything on women and blacks. The mistake Lewis makes is a common one?he romanticizes and limits his subject to the era of colonization by white people. For a mammoth book, this is fatal; Lewis suggests that the only time that matters is that of gunslingers like Billy the Kid, law officers, and U.S. marshals. For public libraries whose readers enjoy Louis L'Amour's fiction.?David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia
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Published by Siena (1999)
ISBN 10: 0752528246 ISBN 13: 9780752528243
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