As the railroads opened up the American West to settlers in the last half of the 19th Century, the Plains Indians made their final stand and cattle ranches spread from Texas to Montana. Eminent Western author Dee Brown here illuminates the struggle between these three groups as they fought for a place in this new landscape. The result is both a spirited national saga and an authoritative historical account of the drive for order in an uncharted wilderness, illustrated throughout with maps, photographs and ephemera from the period.
"The New York Times Book Review"
With unerring eye and unflinching irony, Brown shows how history, myth and business worked hand in hand...as loaded with nuggets as the stream bed at Sutter's Mill.
"Pulitzer Prize Winner, "New York Newsday"
A galloping, anecdotal narrative of the trans-Mississippi West from the Civil War to the turn of the century.
"Author of "Gunfighter Nation"
Dee Brown's "The American West" is popular history at its best: well and vividly written, with a clear and sympathetic eye for both the landscape and human characters of the ranchers, settlers and Indians of the West.