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Under Western Skies: Nature and History in the American West Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0195086713 ISBN-10: 0195086716 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (January 20, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195086716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195086713
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thoughtful, sensible collection....Worster reminds us that unlimited freedom and power are dangerous goals; both must be limited if the West's delicately balanced ecology is to endure."--Publishers Weekly

"Donald Worster is the dean of American environmental historians and one of our leading interpreters of the American West. He writes with the passion of a native son and offers perspectives that are as profound as they are provocative on the major environmental questions that have shaped the region's past and will define its future. Under Western Skies is a major contribution by a major scholar."--William Cronon, Yale University

"Donald Worster's honesty, critical intelligence, and talent for writing will prove to be three of the American West's most valuable resources in the late twentieth century. If Americans read this book and take it seriously, our prospects for living wisely and responsibly in this region will instantly brighten."--Patricia Nelson Limerick, author of The Legacy of Conquest

"Donald Worster is a brilliant social historian. Under Western Skies is insightful, incisive, useful, and necessary. And a terrific read--vivid and compelling."--William Kittredge

"Worster writes clearly and with passion....He provides food for thought about the West's past and future."--Gateway Heritage

"No one is a more powerful spokesman for the New Western History than Donald Worster, and no western historian is a better storyteller. He writes with passion and eloquence, with deep concern for the future of the region as well as its past. Readers will find these essays thoughtful, stimulating, and contentious."--Great Plains Quarterly

"A probing set of essays of particular interest to graduate students because Worster poses research questions and describes patterns of previously published research. These essays never fail to meet Worster's previously established high standards for research and writing."--Barbara Handy-Marchello, University of North Dakota

"It's a case of man and mountain matching one another: Donald Worster is one of the finest American historians of his generation, and John Wesley Powell one of the most impressive Americans of his time. This book is very readable, very thorough, and very welcome."--Larry McMurtry, author of LONESOME DOVE, CRAZY HORSE, and ROADS

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Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Dust Bowl, Rivers of Empire, and other works of history.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Richardson, author of "Tributary" on August 17, 2011
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A compelling look at the attitudes we bring, as Westerners, to the treatment of land, history and people. Worster challenges us "to look, as it were, through the eyes of the rest of nature," 'to try to examine human behavior from a nonhuman perspective." I valued his essays as I read them a decade ago, and find them compelling still.
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