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In Mountain Shadows: A History of Idaho Paperback – May 1, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803292414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803292413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A colorful, fast-paced narrative, accented throughout by interpretive insights that give the book substance and meaning, but never at the price of critical insight or objectivity. A tremendous amount of thought and re-search have gone into this volume. It will find a wide and growing following among everyone interested in the state of ldaho."—Alfred Runte, author of Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness
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About the Author

Carlos A. Schwantes is a professor of history at the University of Idaho. His books include Coxey's Army: An American Odyssey (1985) and The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History (1989), both published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moheroy on July 12, 2010
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This book is clearly an Idaho History textbook, it is a little dated, but more than servicable. It covers the basics of native American cultural geography, and gives a pretty solid history of the devolpment of the territory and the early years of statehood. Like many books of this type it is strongest on dealing with the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and presents a very sound outline for the events of that period.

While it is pretty diligent in avoiding controversy and not exactly the most thrilling read it is a very useful work. Like most states, Idaho finds itself with pretty much one general survey history book, and with Schwantes, it has done better than most.

It has a decent bibliography, though there has been considerable historical work done in the past twenty years which of course it has missed. A new edition with an improved bibliography would be very welcome.
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