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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 940 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; annotated edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803247877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803247871
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is a unique reference book with a lot to offer for relatively little money. Its goal is "to give definition to a region that has traditionally been poorly defined." The area of the Great Plains is delineated more by characteristics such as climate and topography than by political boundaries and encompasses all or parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Alberta, Sasketchewan, and Manitoba.

The volume is composed of 27 major topic sections, including "African Americans," "Agriculture," "Architecture," "Education," "Film," "Industry," "Transportation," and "War." Each section begins with an interpretive essay and a synthesis of the topic, followed by 20 to 60 alphabetically arranged entries. For example, "Media" has entries on Brokaw, Tom; Denver Post; Immigrant newspapers; Radio; and Telegraph, to name a few. The entries include extensive cross-referencing plus a multitude of black-and-white illustrations and maps. All entries are signed by their contributors, and most contain a reference or two for further information.

The overarching topical arrangement makes good indexing essential. Readers looking for information on individual Great Plains states, for example, will need to turn to the index to find that there are brief state entries in the "Politics and Government" section. Fortunately, the indexing is detailed enough to pull together content from across the encyclopedia.

This volume is valuable for a wide variety of user groups, including high-school students, undergraduates, and researchers. It is highly recommended for most libraries in the heartland as well as for all academic and large public libraries. Diana Shonrock
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"[A] unique reference book. . . . This volume is valuable for a wide variety of user groups. . . . It is highly recommended for most libraries in the heartland as well as for all academic and large public libraries."—Booklist
(Booklist)

"Especially strong on Native American history and warfare (refreshingly, stressing competition and conflict among the tribes) and on perhaps the Plains' most characteristic features: weather and physical environment."—Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly
(Benjamin Schwarz The Atlantic Monthly)

“The Great Plains comprises about 30 percent of the land in the United States and has played a critically important role throughout U.S. history. Not until now, however, has there been a single volume that assembles everything of significance related to the region. Historical geographer David J. Wishart and his team succeeded admirably in this effort. . . . Students and scholars seeking a solid introduction to a myriad of issues related to the Great Plains, whether in the United States or in Canada, will welcome this excellent resource. Wishart and his team of contributors deserve a hearty round of applause from scholars and the reading pubic for completing this great work.”—Barton H. Barbour, New Mexico Historical Review
(Barton H. Barbour New Mexico Historical Review 2007-11-08)

“Wishart, a geographer by training, and the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska are to be congratulated for having ably woven a complex and interdisciplinary fabric. . . . The casual reader and the seasoned researcher each will find items of interest and use in this nicely edited and well-illustrated work.”—Paul R. Picha, North Dakota History
(North Dakota History 2008-01-15)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Great Plains lover on February 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Very good book about the Great Plains. Alot of info about everyfing that is connected to the plains, from the internet to the buffalo.

Im from Norway and I have never bin in America, but I love it.
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This compendium of information is unlike any other book on the Great Plains, contains many hundreds of entries on every facet of its history, arts, politics, environment, biographies, and culture, the great majority of which you would never have conceived. A good way of savoring its richness and variety is simply by random browzing. Read, for instance, about "tall tales," where one joke has parents after a protracted drought showing their kids what rain is by pouring water through a strainer. It's a big book, over 900 three-columned pages, and now 10 years old, but you will learn a lot and enjoy it.
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