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Eyewitness to the American West: 500 Years of First Hand History [Paperback]

Editor Colbertdavid , David Colbert
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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Reprint edition (28 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140280545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140280548
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,341,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gathers together two hundred snippets from the diaries, letters, memoirs, and reporting of witnesses to the settlement of the West, from Balboa to Georgia O'Keefe.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally RAD!! 4 Jan 1999
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Format:Hardcover
As a student in high school who basically gets her fill of history in class everyday, I wasn't expecting to like the book that my grandmother placed in my hand. But when I sat down to read it, I realized that it had just as many fun stories as the magazines and novels I read every day. I loved learning about the early movies and early developments. I recommend this book to everyone, history-lover or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading on the American West! 22 April 2000
By Marshall A. Lehman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book for anybody interested in the history of the American West. The book contains short vignettes of what the author calls "firsthand history", i.e., contemporaneously written letters, journals, newspaper articles, etc. all the way from Cortez' conquest of the Aztecs through modern day Silicon Valley. Along the way, you learn that Levi Strauss did not invent Levi's (he sold the fabric to the man who did; the inventor couldn't afford the $65 for the patent filing fee and Levi Strauss got in the deal that way), and lots of other interesting points of history on the American West. They're all authentic and all contemporaraneous with the subject about which they're written. A great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally RAD!! 4 Jan 1999
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Format:Hardcover
As a student in high school who basically gets her fill of history in class everyday, I wasn't expecting to like the book that my grandmother placed in my hand. But when I sat down to read it, I realized that it had just as many fun stories as the magazines and novels I read every day. I loved learning about the early movies and early developments. I recommend this book to everyone, history-lover or not.
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