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The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West (Mammoth Books) [Kindle Edition]

Jon E. Lewis
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"A Mammoth book, indeed, and a wonderful read... Excellent." Manchester Evening News; "... a book of epic proportions... for anyone who wants to understand this incredible period of history, it's a must." Ulster Newsletter"

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Revised and expanded edition of Jon E. Lewis's ever-popular account of the American West. The book is at once a history and a compendium of western lore. It tells what life on the frontier was really like and gives a human portrait of the tough and sometimes violent way of life experienced by the early pioneers. The gunfighters and the cowboys, women, Indians and others, all have their part to play - and as well as the historical accounts there are intriguing anecdotes of everyday life on the plains, from how Montana cowboys warmed up their horses' bits, to the words of the Navajo medicine chants.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New edition edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EK6GR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By MATTHEW
Format:Paperback
Jon E. Lewis has edited a series of stories of the Old West outlining a path through the chronology of American history's last frontier from the early days of the Lewis and Clerk discoveries, through to the Indian Wars and the white cowboy settlements that followed the railroad and the gold fever boom towns.
The accounts are easily digestable in short chapters and discuss many of the well-recognised names and events such as Billy the Kid and the Battle of the Little Big Horn familiar to most Hollywood film audiences. The narrative appropriately dismantles many of the inaccurate legendary positions of the West's characters informing the reader that Calamity Jane may well have been a prostitute at one time and that Billy the Kid killed relatively few people compared to less-known gunmen. Punctuated with interesting facts and as much a social commentary on the harsh and basic reality of being a frontiersman, the book connects and corrects many of the isolated events that occured over such a vast area over such a long period of time.
Although not possessing the depth of historical research and text-book style accuracy of detail to satisfy a serious student of the American West (an impossiility given its breadth of subject material) and with some obvious ommissions (the Oklahoma Land Rush?) the book has a satisfying blend of story that will have drawn the reader to the subject in the first place and facts that rely upon first hand newspaper and eye-witness testimony to produce a satisfying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This is a companion volume to Lewis' bestselling anthology of Western fiction, The Mammoth Book of the Western. And even better, He writes with real panache, gets down in the dirt of the true West and covers just about everything you can think of, from prostitution to use of animal membranes for windows. Its big, 500 plus pages, but tremendous reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Surprise! 18 April 2014
By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, you'll see from my other reviews that I've a 'bit of a thing' about poorly produced Kindle books. The rush to make money has 'Publishers' throwing together all sorts of poorly formatted efforts that are simply a compendium of rehashed work that is now out of copyright.
This book was recommended to me by another author when I asked him for three or four titles that would give me a good backgrounding in the Old West, and I have to admit I bought it with some trepidation, thinking that it might simply be a compendium of stories.
It's far from that.
Nearly 600 pages of information - and the reviewers before me have done a great job of explaining the content, which is broken down into 5 parts.
1: The Way West - from the initial movement westwards from the Eastern seaboard, to the first gold rush.
2. The Trampling Herd - The growth of the cattle industry and the changes that brought about.
3. The Lawless Land - Lots of cameo stories of gunfighters known and not so well known.
4. The Indian Wars.
5. The Last Days of The West - covering the late 1890's and turn of the century.
All in all I've found this to be a very satisfying read. Jon Lewis is an engaging writer who holds your attention well. In 573 pages I found only one tiny typo, so a lot of effort has gone into presentation.
If you are looking for a not so potted history of the West (as I was) you won't go far wrong with this. Well written, well set out, and interesting to boot, and a hat tip to a fellow reviewer - Matthew - who pointed out the omission of the Oklahoma Land Rush, a major turning point in the expansion of the USA.
I'm glad I bought it, I enjoyed it, and I think you will too.
Hope this helped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers what it claims. 8 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anything and everything is here. From the Indian wars to the gold rush to oregon trail. What is great about having it kindle is the ability to easily highlight sections to come back to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
By DWG K
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good read, well written, very informative and an excellent index for reference purposes.
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