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Great Plains Paperback – May 4, 2001
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Extraordinary...One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell.” ―The Washington Post Book
“This is a brillant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie.” ―Garrison Keillor
“History written with passion and delight... Frazier is a great storyteller.” ―Newsweek
Top Customer Reviews
Although not a history book, Frazier, weaves some interesting historical facts on a variety of people, places and subjects. Thus, we read about the great Indian warrior, Crazy Horse (a firm Frazier favourite), his adversary, Custer,and outlaws such as Billy the Kid and latter-day villains such as Bonnie and Clyde who all made appearances across the grand stage of the prairies.
We also learn of the impact of the railways and the effect of migration on the region with the rail companies preferring German workers over the French or Italians.
The miltary might of the USA is also portrayed as the author describes how parts of this seemingly tranquil territory has the capacity to effectively demolish the rest of the world, if American fire-power was ever fully unleashed. However, one thing the Russians were able to penetrate the US with was the humble tumbleweed. Frazier describes how they came originally from the Russian steppes. The author is something of a tumbling tumbleweed himself, moving as effortlessly from place to place in his rambles over this quintessential part of America.
Such a book can only give a flavour of the many states that constitute the Great Plains region.What Frazier has done for this far-away reader is to interest me in reading the history of the region in greater detail. Perhaps Walter Prescott Webb's similarly named book, (The Great Plains), will provide the detail missing from Frazier's cameo piece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very happy with seller. Did not finish he book, however this was my lack of interest.Published 7 days ago by Edwin M. Cochran
Mr. Frazier retells the amazing story of the western plains. He brings the history alive by sharing lesser known facts and anecdotes of well known figures and great events. Read morePublished 18 days ago by TN Monica
The best way to understand and enjoy this very good book is to liken it to a road trip vacation. Much like those trips, the journey is just as rewarding as the destination and can... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George L. Dziuk III
Really enjoyed this. I'm going to wander the plains as soon as I have a chance, and when I do I will have this book along.Published 4 months ago by paul
I thought this was a good book about an author's overall impression of the Great Plains. He lived and traveled through the Great Plains in the 1980s, and provides some history,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin M Quigg
I thought this was a good book about an author's overall impression of the Great Plains. He lived and traveled through the Great Plains in the 1980s, and provides some history,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin Quigg