3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect, but worth a read,
This review is from: The Rough Guide to Westerns (Rough Guides Reference Titles) (Paperback)
There are many books available on the western, most of them rather dry and academic, or focused too tightly on particular actors/directors/sub-genres.
This one has the advantage of being a good "all-round" introduction to the best known works, with some good tips for lesser-known ones. Almost inevitably, somebody's favourites are sure to be missing - no "How The West Was Won"? No "Valdez Is Coming?" - but that's the nature of this type of book. There are some chapters which are (to my mind) superfluous - e.g. "foreign westerns" (which are nothing of the sort), the bibliography is woefully inadequate, and the index is full of holes.
But, that said, this was fun to read, and sent me back to many of my old favourites on DVD.