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The Battle for Butte: Mining and Politics on the Northern Frontier, 1864--1906 (Emil and Kathleen Sick Lecture-Book Series in Western History and Biography) Paperback – April 17, 2006


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"Malone’s superbly crafted narrative treats the political economy of Butte and Montana from the gold boom of the 1870s through the absorption of the copper independents by the Standard Oil financed Amalgamated Copper Company in the first decade of the twentieth century. . . . The Battle for Butte is fine history: rich in detail, full of finely drawn people, masterfully clear where the subject matter is most complex, constructed to preserve something of the tone and atmosphere of the age."―American Historical Review

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  • Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick Lecture-Book Series in Western History and Biography (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (April 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295986077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295986074
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rob Witwer (rewitwer@hhlaw.com) on May 20, 1999
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This is a highly readable and well-researched account of what must be one of the most fascinating towns in the United States. As anyone who has visited Butte can attest, the town possesses a cultural richness and idiosyncratic character unmatched anywhere in the US west, maybe the whole country, and Malone's book captures this nicely. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of political machinations in Montana around the turn of the century, which make today's politics look anemic by comparison. If you have any interest at all in Montana/western history, political economy, mining or politics, I couldn't recommend this book more highly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By edp77@aol.com on July 21, 1998
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Butte, Montana, has a rich history with stories that just seem too preposterous to be true! ("Copper Camp" written in 1930's is good example).
Michael Malone, a historian at Montana State in Bozeman, must have felt the same way. He did some good, scholarly research, and found out that many of the wild tales WERE true!
The book is VERY readable, almost like a novel, filled with some wild stories about how the three "Copper Kings" (Butte's version of "Robber Barons") worked, wheeled, dealed, cheated, competed and conspired to make as much money as they could from "the richest hill on earth."
In the mix are many stories about the everyday Butte residents, who, to this day, are actually friendly, big-hearted people...who put their hearts and backs into the building of the town.
Butte, Montana truly is "as ugly as sin" (quickly verified by any who has been there), "and just as fascinating."
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