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Story of the Great American West Hardcover – July 1, 1978

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; 1st edition (July 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895770393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895770394
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scrapple8 on July 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Reader's Digest `Story of the Great American West' is the one book you could want as a resource on the American West, so long as you can find one that is not ready to fall apart.

It is far more encompassing and complete than Geoffrey Ward's book, `The West: An Illustrated History.' Ward's book has its own charms: photography, layout, and writing being among them. There are plenty of illustrations here - about 1,000. What makes this book really stand out is that it contains the complete story of the Great American West. It tells the story of the trans-Appalachian settlement of America in two thirty-page chapters that Ward's book does not. George Rogers Clark, James Herrod, Ann Lindsay, and Daniel Boone are as representative of the American frontier as the mountain men, the pathfinders, the forty-niners, and the cattlemen.

The traditional story of the west is all here, too, and a major part of the book. You can't tell she story of the West without Texas, the Mormons, the Gold Rush, the Mexican War, the Indian Wars, and the cattle drives. The omissions that I noted in Ward's book are represented here. There's a two-page story on Geronimo, a two-page list of villains of the west, and even a two-page story on the famous law & order men, too - including Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.

The entire book is actually a compilation of two-page stories. The left-side of the page and the right-side of the page are about one distinct topic. When you flip the page, you begin a new topic. It is often related to the page you just read, but there is a distinct breakpoint whenever you turn the page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Ryan on January 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A copy of this book has been gathering dust on one of my shelves for many years. I am surprised few have noticed it.

My interest in this period of the great American expansion across the continant began yearsa ago after my mother told my brothers and me that her family crossed the continent to be among the first americans to settle the west coast. They travelled by covered wagon with the first wagon trains and settled in Oregon but those from whom my mother is descended later moved up to Washington.

This book is very well informative on its subject, extremely well organized, very well written, very well illustrated so even the youngest child will enjoy it.

A must have for anyone interested in American history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NORBERT MENDOZA on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was a young teenager in the 70's and again recently. There is a lot of good general history. Written before there was so much political correctness to wade through. Very worthwhile.
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By K on May 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had this book as a kid it is great....would recommend to anyone wanting to give the kids a awesome gift to learn with
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald C. Gorder on July 15, 2013
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Perfect replacement for one of the books we lost when our basement got wet. Fast shipping and book was exactly as described.
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