The Westerners by Dee Brown hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Michael Joseph, 1974, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: The story of the American West has all the elements of the Iliad and Odyssey. It is a heroic world of quests and wars, of journeyings into remote lands, of daring hunts, last stands, and legendary exploits. It is an epic of mighty deeds, of triumphs and failures, of inconsistent heroes and heroines.
In The Westerners Dee Brown follows the frontiersmen into this heroic world. His earliest guides are the Spaniards, the first Europeans to explore the American Southwest in the sixteenth century. But from here, instead of writing another chronological history of the opening of Americas West, Mr Brown tells the story through the experiences of a few influential or representative Westerners white men and white women and Indians people like Jedediah Strong Smith, Susan Magoffin, Brigham Young and Sitting Bull.
It is primarily a story of movement of the early mappers of water-routes for the fur traders, of travellers on treks and trails, of gold-rushers, of the builders and operators of stagecoach and mail services, telegraphs and railroads, and not least of the Indians they pushed before them. It is also a tale of invasion. Many of the explorers were motivated by greed rather than adventure; developers imagined that Indian land was theirs for the taking.
There were those who were on friendly terms with the Indians: George Catlin, for instance, whose paintings of Indian life provide some of the 32 colour and 120 black-and-white illustrations. But generally the spirit of the pioneer was embodied in Theodore Roosevelt who, as Dee Brown writes, mixed a self-reliance and hearty friendliness towards his own kind with a deep suspicion of different peoples, used naked force to solve disputes and gain objectives, and who as President did much to imprint these traits into the American ethos where they endure to this day.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short closed tear to the foot of the upper panel and a longer, closed, tear to the head of the lower panel.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
288 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7½”.
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