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History of Wyoming (Second Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0803279361
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"This remains the book of Wyoming history for anyone seeking a one-volume overview of frontier events in this western state."—Western American Literature
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"[This] may be the finest state history ever written. . . . Required reading for anyone with pretensions to knowledge about the West—past, present, future."—San Francisco Chronicle
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"An unequalled historical work for the use of serious students or interested laymen alike. Absorbing arid readable."—In Wyoming
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"A fine history of Wyoming. It is candid, well-balanced. . . . Wyoming should be proud it possesses a historian of Dr. Larson's ability."—Denver Post Roundup
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"A fine history of Wyoming. It is candid, well-balanced. . . . Wyoming should be proud it possesses a historian of Dr. Larson's ability."—Denver Post Roundup
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About the Author

T. A. Larson (1910-2001). His History of Wyoming is also published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 695 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 2 edition (August 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803279361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803279360
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T.A. Larson -- known in fine Western fashion by his initials -- has written the official, scholarly history of Wyoming filling a huge gap in published literature about the state. Primary source material about Wyoming abounds, but few of us have the time or training to find it and then plow through it to make sense of it. Anecdotal information and imagined histories are also widely available, but few of those are reliable if you want accuracy or even the slightest bit of objectivity. Places built on myth -- and Wyoming was born of a number of them -- are wonderful, but they shouldn't be exempt from a more scholarly treatment like this. There are plenty of guidebooks, such as "The Wyoming Handbook" in the series published by Moon, that give you historical "color". But for a fuller, more realistic picture of this fascinating place, Larson is definitive.
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I could not disagree more with the other reviewer who opined that it was encyclopedic but not exciting reading.
Larson certainly has researched his subject very well and could easily be stated as the Dean Of Wyo History. As this is a comprehensive history up to the Post WWII era, the author by necessity touches on every area, yet leaves some at the macro stage where one wishes for more. This is well supplemented with a thorough annotated bibliographic section for further research.
From its frontier routes with the Natives and mountain men to the explorers and natural resource, railroad and ranching industries which comprise this land, Larson weaves a tale which engages the interested reader and keeps your interest growing.
The book is equally divided from its beginnings and overall description and then section two of the 19th C. on.
A treasure of a state history. It must be added also that the line drawings by Brodie are very nice!
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This is a superb single volume on the history of the State of Wyoming. I have not had the time to finish it yet, it's a large book, but I can't put it down. This is a must for anyone researching American history and I can recommend it.
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T. A. Larson is THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY on Wyoming history. His course used to be mandatory to graducate from UW. To own this magnificent book is a complete and pure pleasure. He has taken the facts and made them into a pleasurable reading experience. Thank you Professor Larson (from one born and raised in Wyoming)

If one wishes to read the truth about Wyoming, I highly recommend this book.
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T.A. Larson's "History of Wyoming" is an impressive compilation of facts and information about a state of almost 100,000 square miles, draped over the Rockies, the Great Basin, and the western edge of the Great Plains. This 600-page volume systematically works its way forward from pre-history to nearly the present day, touching the Indians, the trappers, the railroad, the ranchers, the farmers, the miners, and all the other folks who made the state what it is. The narrative manages to capture the various cycles of mineral exploitation that helped drive the state's development, along with close-ups of the people who built and how they lived their lives. Along the way, the author knocks down more than a few popular myths. The result is eclectic but interesting, if exhausting for its sheer length. There are a handful of maps but no illustrations or photographs. Highly recommended to those with the motivation to take on the whole book.
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