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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best short overview available
This is a great little book, and possibly the best overview available of the long and fascinating history of this region. There are Pueblo villages encountered by Coronado in the 16th century that are still inhabited today, and Simmons skillfully portrays the interactions over the centuries of these and the other cultures that have mingled in this harsh region. Those...
Published on February 5, 2000

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but abridged version
This book is good reading, well written but is abridged to fit a 300 page format soon much is skimmed over. A good book to start with to gain some knowledge of New Mexico history, but i would rather have bought a more in depth book by this author, Marc Simmons
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best short overview available, February 5, 2000
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This review is from: New Mexico: An Interpretive History (Paperback)
This is a great little book, and possibly the best overview available of the long and fascinating history of this region. There are Pueblo villages encountered by Coronado in the 16th century that are still inhabited today, and Simmons skillfully portrays the interactions over the centuries of these and the other cultures that have mingled in this harsh region. Those readers who are inspired to study this subject in more detail (and that will probably include most who read Simmons' book!) may then want to delve into a longer classic such as Paul Horgan's "Great River."
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading this book., September 1, 1998
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This review is from: New Mexico: An Interpretive History (Paperback)
I loved reading this book. It presented the highlights of the rich history of the southwest from the Spanish colonization to the recent decades in a essay-like tone that is very readable. The story itself is exotic and very compelling,as anyone who has lived in or vistited the area should know. I imagine that Mr. Simmons is the "dean" of New Mexico history. His knowledge of the broad sweep of centuries of history, comprising numerous diverse cultures, is impressive. More impressive is his ability to convey his personal feeling for the subject matter. A reader can tell by his personal epilogue about camping in the New Mexico desert that Mr. Simmons loves working in the shadows of the Conquistadors, the Pueblos, Navajos and American mountainmen and pioneers. This book brings the history alive. I am on the hunt for other books about southwest history, and for books by Marc Simmons.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, November 21, 1999
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This book was a very easy to read book.It displayed a different perspective about the history of New Mexico and it's people.Also,many significant events New Mexico helped shape are described in detail.The book covers the different periods in NM in a clear and focused manner,from Spanish conquest to Statehood and beyond.This book is perfect for persons wanting to learn about NM and the southwest.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview...., July 22, 2008
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I agree with the reviewer who said it was a good overview book...If you want more detail then there are other Simmons books that are out there..The "Albuquerque" book has a lot more info for example..If you want a quick read about the history of NM..Then this book will work well
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but abridged version, April 10, 2007
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This book is good reading, well written but is abridged to fit a 300 page format soon much is skimmed over. A good book to start with to gain some knowledge of New Mexico history, but i would rather have bought a more in depth book by this author, Marc Simmons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, September 19, 2011
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New Mexico: An interpretive History book contains much about New Mexico's history. It is a resourceful book for students and very informational for other wishing to learn about New Mexico and it's history. It is an excellent source for essays. Great book and a great resource to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the history of New Mexico, May 9, 2014
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Marc Simmons is the most prolific historian of New Mexico. This book, one of several he has written on NM, provides an overview of the complex history of the region under several nations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, October 28, 2013
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The book wasn't that great, but did have some interesting facts about New Mexico. Wouldn't buy again, but good if you're interested in NM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new mexico history, July 18, 2013
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excellent book well written and lots of information given for those of us who love history. Now that I am living in New Mexico I wanted to know more about this state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book fired my imagination. My interest expanded from ..., November 29, 2014
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This book fired my imagination. My interest expanded from history of the Santa Fe Trail to all of territorial New Mexico.
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New Mexico: An Interpretive History by Marc Simmons (Paperback - August 1, 1988)
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