Which Way to the Wild West? (Hardcover)

Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion

By Steve Sheinkin, Tim Robinson (Illustrator)

Flash Point, 9781596433212, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/22/2015)
Prebound (9/22/2015)
Paperback (7/6/2010)

List Price: 19.95*
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History--with the good bits put back. Discover the drama, discoveries, dirty deeds and derring-do that won the American West.

With a storyteller's voice and attention to the details that make history real and interesting, Steve Sheinkin's "Which Way to the Wild West? "delivers America's greatest adventure. From the Louisiana Purchase (remember: if you're negotiating a treaty for your country, play it cool.) to the gold rush (there were only three ways to get to California--all of them bad) to the life of the cowboy, the Indian wars, and the everyday happenings that defined living on the frontier.

About the Author

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including "The Notorious Benedict Arnold," which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction, and received three starred reviews; and "Bomb, " a National Book Award finalist and recipient of five starred reviews. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Praise For Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion

An engaging chronological medley of anecdotes about the Wild West in nine lively chapters starting with the Louisiana Purchase and ending with the Lakota massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.” —School Library Journal

“Super illustrations, fresh stories, thoughtful insights with a light touch, this is fun for kids and parents alike.” —Travelforkids.com

“Sheinkin builds his conversational narrative around stories of the men and women who peopled the west, with particular attention given to African Americans, Chinese workers, and everyday farmers and cowboys. There’s plenty of humor here, but Sheinkin’s strength is his ability to transition between events.” —The Horn Book

“An accessible and engaging historical overview.” —Kirkus Reviews