Winning the Wild West : the epic saga of the American frontier, 1800-1899

by Stegner, Page.

Format: Print Book 2002
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 978.02 Stegner
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F591.S6448 2002
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 978.02 St32s
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 978.02 ST3
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One of the greatest stories of nineteenth-century America is its expansion into the lands west of the Mississippi. Now acclaimed author Page Stegner shows in one sweeping volume how the opening of the western frontier ignited and defined a young nation's spirit of enterprise and discovery. WINNING THE WILD WEST is an illustrated celebration of that epoch, rich in the deeds and exploits of legendary and forgotten characters, replete with hundreds of never-before-published artefacts and archival images reproduced in full colour. Stories of life on the frontier fire our imaginations, but Page Stegner looks upon this epic story with an unflinching gaze, recognising, as Larry McMurtry notes in his foreword, how severe and equivocal the struggle to 'win' the West was. The American West was once filled with millions of buffalo that were needlessly slaughtered, the rivers were also mismanaged and California, the most western state, saw the complete eradication of native tribes now lost forever. From Lewis and Clark to the massacre at Wounded Knee, Page Stegner re-creates an engrossing, gorgeous panorama of trappers, wagon trains, cattle drives, guns, gold rushes, outlaws, lawmen, settlers,
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As the title implies, this book has a refreshingly old-fashioned perspective on the settlement and "conquest" of the trans-Mississippi West. After all, no self-respecting revisionist Western historian would view the West as wild territory to be won. Still, this is hardly a one-sided account; Stegner acknowledges the sufferings and chronic injustices foisted upon Native American peoples, and he does not shrink from showing the westward movement as characterized by as much heartbreak and grinding toil as triumph. However, Stegner is at his best when he describes the sense of adventure, optimism, and innovation that permeated the movement. This book is intended for general readers, and the easily digestible text is supplemented by many superb illustrations and rarely seen photographs. --Jay Freeman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist (and son of Wallace) Stegner undertakes the ambitious task of painting a panoramic picture of the American frontier in a single volume by weaving together brief essays and mini-essays on the highlights of westward expansion, corrected here and there for postcolonial sensitivities and complemented with reams of visual material. Though glossy and good-looking in a glorified textbook sort of way, the volume rarely ventures off the beaten path: it talks of Lewis and Clark, Sutter's Creek and Little Bighorn, but doesn't give much attention to weirder strands of history, or to potentially revealing narratives that often go unreported (i.e. any other than the standard tale of Manifest Destiny). The liberally placed visual accompaniment largely fails to deepen the story, mostly coming in the form of well-known illustrations and paintings (often rimmed with intrusive drop shadows) and scenic landscape photographs, almost always shot at the golden hour. There are interesting histories here, particularly for younger readers, but not much that's new, either in form or content. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
Publisher New York :Free Press,2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 400 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 392-393) and index.
ISBN 0743232917
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