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Yellowstone: The Creation and Selling of an American Landscape, 1870-1903 Paperback – November, 1999
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Magoc's narrative develops those themes more consistently than other histories of the park, but those ideas will be familiar to those who have read those earlier works. The narrative also brings few factual surprises - - except for some unfortunate minor errors. (For example: Magoc classifies the Sheepeaters as Arapaho, not Shoshone; he refers to author Susan Fenimore Cooper, not James; and he refers, anachronistically, to "motels" in 1871.) His major advantage is his insistence on connecting the park to wider economic, cultural and political themes - themes often minimized by those who want to see Yellowstone as "unique."
Magoc tells his story efficiently, in a picture-heavy 190 pages. It's readable, and the consistent vision makes it worth a read for the Yellowstone enthusiast. It's less lively, but more scholarly, than Schullery; more lively but less thorough than Bartlett, Barringer or Haines. Though it will not nudge the other histories off your shelf, it will sit very happily next to them.