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by Dee Brown

An epic account of the American West movingly depicts the tragic destruction of the Native American way of life and includes all major characters and happenings, from Sitting Bull to Wyatt Earp, and from railroads to cattle drives.
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ISBN: 0025174215
ISBN13: 978-0025174214
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Dee Brown
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (December 1, 1994)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1124 kb
FB2 size: 1898 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 852
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I have been teaching English and was hired to teach history and social studies this fall in a western state. I wanted to brush up on some relevant history and this book is so fun, entertaining, and educational that I read it like a novel. A warning that there are several punctuation errors to be blamed on the editors. However, the errors appear repeatedly but are consistent. For introductory clauses, the editors used a period instead of a comma. My father likes to read about old ranching times and cattle drives, so I bought a copy for him as mine is on my Kindle.
This book is educational and a really entertaining read if you have any interest in the history of the American West.
Dee Brown has produced a marvelous narrative history with this book. Bona fide, detailed, readable, and fascinating, it is half part the work of a serious historian and half part the work of a capable novelist such as Louis L'Amour. It is a book one reads like a novel, one that is difficult to put down, one that fulfills and intrigues.

Some seem to discount the book for its apparent jumping around from topic to topic, but this is no valid criticism. Each chapter is devoted to its own distinct subject, and the heyday of the American West was large and bold enough to warrant quite a few of them. If you've ever enjoyed the stories of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour you will enjoy reading this one. Highly recommended.
Good book. Gave a nice perceptive of America and how things originally began. It's an interesting read. If you recall one thing from this book years after reading it, it will be that the husband slept with a sheep.
Very interesting. If you like history, well, here you go.
This was recommended by a retired teacher and I am very grateful. Well written, it gives you a first hand feel for the western development.
I had previously read Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" years ago and wanted to read another western-themed book. I was not disappointed. This book is well filled with western facts without being overbearing.
Dee Brown is best known for his paradigm shifting best-seller, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," first published in 1972, written with such intensity and emotion that it is hard for a white American to read it without at least once the eyes watering up, in shame. Prior to that book, I, and many other Americans saw the settling of the West by the white man as one glorious enterprise. We had seen all too many "Westerners" on TV, with the wagon train filled with "innocent" white settlers being attacked by "savages," for no apparent reason. As is now revealed in narratives about the coming-of-age experience of many real Indians, the propaganda was so effective that EVEN the Indians who watched these shows would root for the cowboys. After his book, and much too late (and perhaps that is the real reason) many Americans realized there were numerous flaws in this mythology, which include a long string of broken treaties.

For no other than the above reasons, Brown's "The American West" deserves much consideration. The book is not "scholarly," which could be a recommendation for many, since that particular genre has its own flaws. Does it have an Indian "bias," as one reviewer charged, without giving a specific example? Well, if raising the issue of shredded treaties is "bias," Brown is guilty. And there is no unifying theme; it is a series of vignettes that focus on portions of the settlement experience, and include `whites only' stories, such as "The Saga of Dodge City" and "The Myth and its Makers."

Simply the pictures and the maps make the book a worthwhile purchase. The maps clearly show the various territories allocated to the Indians, with their changes over time. Many of the significant Indian-US Army battles are represented with their own maps. As for the pictures, they range from an evocative one of Sarah Bernhardt in the Opera House in St. Joseph, Missouri, to the baseball team in eastern Oregon in the late 1880's to the twisted corpse of Big Foot, the Sioux leader, frozen in the snow.

As one might suspect, it is the stories about the Indians in which Brown excels. There are a couple on the Sioux, there is one on the "Lords of the Plain," the Comanche, as well as the Kiowa and the Cheyennes. There is also one on Geronimo, and his surrender and life thereafter selling buttons from his coat. Naturally there is Sitting Bull, and most deserving of his fate, General Custer, and the battle at the Little Bighorn. The author also briefly covers the essence of his more famous book, which was the Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee. But of all the stories, the most heart-breaking is the story of Joseph of the Nez Percés, and his eventual submission to the authority of the white man. "The earth is our mother," said Joseph. We cannot sell you our mother." "When he fell suddenly dead on autumn day in 1904, his friends said that he had died of a broken heart."

The book also includes an excellent time line of the major event in the West, primarily after the Civil War, as well as a fine bibliography, since so many stories serve as a catalyst to learn more. Overall, a solid 5-star read.
Very informative