One Man's West

ISBN-10: 080326030X
ISBN-13: 9780803260306
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Description: The American West of the 1930s and 1940s was still a place of prospectors, cowboys, ranchers, and mountaineers, one that demanded backbreaking, lonely, and dangerous work. Still, midcentury pioneers such as David Lavender remembered "not the cold  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The American West of the 1930s and 1940s was still a place of prospectors, cowboys, ranchers, and mountaineers, one that demanded backbreaking, lonely, and dangerous work. Still, midcentury pioneers such as David Lavender remembered "not the cold and the cruel fatigue, but rather the multitude of tiny things which in their sum make up the elemental poetry of rock and ice and snow." And as the nation exhausted its gold and silver veins, as law reached the boomtowns on the frontier, and as the era of the great cattle ranches and drives came to an end, Lavender felt compelled to document his experiences in rugged southwest Colorado to preserve this rapidly disappearing way of life. "One Man's West" is Lavender's ode to his days on the Continental Divide and the story of his experiences making a living in the not so wild but not yet tamed West. Like stories told around a campfire, "One Man's West" is captivating yet conversational, incredible yet realistic, and introduces some of the most charming characters in western literature. This new Bison Books edition features an introduction and afterword by the author's son that discuss other phases and facets of his father's remarkable life, as well as a tribute to the author by his grandson. It also includes nine new photographs from the Lavender family archives.

David Lavender (1910–2003) was a historian of the American West whose many books includeThe Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark across the Continent,Westward Vision: The Story of the Oregon Trail, andBent’s Fort, all available in Bison Books editions.nbsp;David G. Lavender is the author’s son and David W. Lavender is the author’s grandson.

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