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What A Surprise!
on 18 April 2014
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.