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Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West (Fred H. and Ella Mae Moore Texas History Reprint Series) Hardcover


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  • Series: Fred H. and Ella Mae Moore Texas History Reprint Series (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876111355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876111352
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

WILLIAM H. GOETZMANN in the Jack S. Blanton, Sr., Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. He is the author of many books and articles, including Army Exploration in the American West, which is also published by the TSHA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony A. Turner on November 21, 2011
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Heavy going this book, but packed full of an astonishing collection of historical fact. A revelation as to the reasons for the West's exploration and how it came about.
An impressive picture of the times. A great refernce book and well worth re-reading. The only fault was the reproduction of the all important maps in my paper back version, far too small to interpret. Even a magnifying glass hardly improved legibility. A good atlas and Google Earth were of great asistance however.
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By charles on November 21, 2013
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I consider Dr. Goetzmann one of the best professors on the history of the
American West. His Exploration and Empire is a classic of the exploring of
the west by explorers and scientists. I ordered a hard cover copy and it
arrived on time and in excellent condition. I have added this classic book
to my American History collection. Charles
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pete on January 16, 2011
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I've read the original edition of this several times--it's a great book.

This edition (purchased for a gift) was very disappointing. The graphics had been copied and many were unreadable. The cover was also disappointed. I recommend anyone interested in this book pass on the second edition and try to get a used copy of the first edition.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TT on August 20, 2012
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As an historian I have always been admirer of Dr Goetzmann and although the book was a good overview of the topic it had errors, some possibly due to editing and some of fact. I felt his generalizations were a little too positive and based on his own opinion rather than documentation. The maps in this edition were unreadable and is bizarre when one looks at the topic of the book. Maps make up a large part of the story and if we cannot read them then a large part of this story is missing.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha on June 23, 2012
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I have not read this entire 647 pages of this paperback edition. As disclosure, I am selling a copy of it here on line. My job here is to offer more information for the buyer if that helps in the purchase.

I am a sucker for any historical book that can authoritatively offer new information on a topic of American history. The author received an award for his PhD study and taught history and American Studies at Yale and University of Texas for years before writing this book. It won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1967 because it offers a compendium of information, easy to access with detailed index, and well sourced with strong footnoting, with more source info discussed at back of book

Yes, some of the many the map illustrations are small therefore hard to read but they could be accessed if magnified. Overall, a wonderful book and I would recommend it to any history buff or scholar, as a text to study and to still use as a source on this topic.

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