- Series: Southwest Center Series
- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: University of Arizona Press; Revised edition (February 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816506930
- ISBN-13: 978-0816506934
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arizona: A History, Revised Edition (Southwest Center Series) Revised Edition
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"In this well-written and innovative study, Sheridan . . . links the history of a single southwestern state to larger national and international events that have affected its development. . . . Recommended."—Choice
"The most modern survey of Arizona history to date."—Journal of the West
"Surely among the panoply of state histories, this one stands among those at the very top. You'll enjoy reading it whether you're an Arizonan or not."—Southwestern Mission Research Center Revista
"Sheridan painstakingly brings together various narrative strands and a range of sources to create a highly readable text."—Arizona Anthropologist
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Thomas E. Sheridan has spent a lifetime in Arizona, "living off it and seeking refuge from it." He knows firsthand its canyons, forests, and deserts; he has seen its cities exploding with new growth; and, like many other people, he sometimes fears for its future.
In this book, Sheridan sets forth new ideas about what a history should be. "Arizona: A History" explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona from the pursuit of the Naco mammoth 11,000 years ago to the financial adventurism of Charles Keating and others today. It also examines how perceptions of Arizona have changed, creating new constituencies of tourists, environmentalists, and outside business interests to challenge the dominance of ranchers, mining companies, and farmers who used to control the state. Sheridan emphasizes the crucial role of the federal government in Arizona's development throughout the book.
As Sheridan writes about the past, his eyes are on the inevitable change and compromise of the present and future. He balances the gains and losses as global forces interact more and more with local cultural and environmental factors.
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I have always had the idea of retiring to Arizona. Consequently, I read his book as a history of my future home. It is truly a long way from the "old west" portrayed in movies to the modern state of Arizona. This book helped fill in that long gap with an explanation of the Building of the Tonto (roosevelt) Dam, the resultant great and temporary cotton boom during World War I in Arizona, and the rise of post-World War II Arizona. The book cvontinues right down to the present and explains the events surrounding the controversial legislative act --S.B. 1070.
Thomas Sheridan writes a story as exciting as a novel as he accurately tells the history of this beautifaul state.