The Legacy of Conquest (Paperback)

The Unbroken Past of the American West

By Patricia Nelson Limerick

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393304978, 396pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2006

List Price: 18.95*
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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.