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It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own

Richard White

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ISBN 10: 0806123664 / ISBN 13: 9780806123660
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 1991
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Book G condition; spine slightly cocked; name inscribed on title page and fore edge of text block; cover, edges of text block show slight dust/use discoloration; many (if not most) pages have text highlighted in pink highlighter. Jacket VG- condition; bending noted top/bottom edges; top edge spine shows slight wear. 664 pages including index. Bookseller Inventory # 002879

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Title: It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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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.

 

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"It's your misfortune and none of my own," the line from a song, sets the tone for this sweeping account of the West from the early European incursions to the present. White, a leader in the "new history of the West" movement, builds upon Patricia N. Limerick's The Legacy of Conquest ( LJ 9/1/87) to provide a far-reaching explanation of the creation of a region rather than just the vanishing of the frontier. Drawing upon ethnic, environmental, urban, labor, and women's history as well as traditional sources, White gives fresh perspective to the West. His book is well written and contains useful graphics, though a major disappointment is the lack of footnotes. Nonetheless, this is a significant contribution to the understanding not only of how the West was won but also of how much of it was lost. This will appeal to history buffs and scholars and is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
-Daniel Liestman, Seattle Pacific Univ.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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