WOW! I LOVED this wacky and wonderful book of American history detailing the westward expansion that is so engrossing you won't put it down - one surprise after another as you learn how the western states were acquired (Sheinkin's maps are so original and helpful), how, when, and why the settlers traveled to the Pacific coast despite the Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada ranges, wide rivers, Indian territories, desert heat, deep snow and so on. You never really learned about the plight of the native Americans either, in quite this way in your history classes!
There are source notes, quotation notes and an index in back of the book - the book is a marvel and I enjoyed it from cover to cover. You will also. Share it with your kids and friends. This book is about America, especially after the Civil War - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Next time you think of a native American Indian or a buffalo, or take a train or drive a car out west - you'll remember this book for sure. Yes there are movies, TV series (Gunsmoke comes to mind), memoirs (think "Vanishing Arizona", but "Which Way to the Wild West" is an original retelling of our American story you don't want to miss.