The Legacy of Conquest

The Unbroken Past of the American West

Patricia Nelson Limerick (Author, University of Colorado at Boulder)

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"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." --Richard White

The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30497-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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