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A Short History of the American West

Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher

Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach

Available from Audible

Book published by Yale University Press

Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher offer a concise edition of their classic, The American West: A New Interpretive History, freshly updated. Lauded for their lively and elegant writing, the authors provide a grand survey of the colorful history of the American West, from the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans to the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Frontiers introduces the diverse peoples and cultures of the American West and explores how men and women of different ethnic groups were affected when they met, mingled, and often clashed. Hine and Faragher present the complexities of the American West—as frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new. Showcasing the distinctive voices and experiences of frontier characters, they explore topics ranging from early exploration to modern environmentalism, drawing expansively from a wide range of sources. This book will be treasured by every reader with an interest in the unique saga of the American West.

Robert V. Hine is a distinguished historian retired from UC Riverside and now affiliated with University of California, Irvine. He is the author of two memoirs, Broken Glass and Second Sight, as well as numerous history publications.

John Mack Faragher is Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History, Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail and Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie.


“Smart, lively, and lucid, this book takes a sweeping, expansive view of the American West, offering anyone a fine point of departure for exploring the many paths into the past.”

—Gregory Nobles, author of American Frontiers: Cultural Encounters and Continental Conquest

“There is simply no better first journey into the vast terrain of Western history than this lively, learned, clear-eyed volume. Another winner for Hine and Faragher.”

—Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico, Autry National Center

“A concise history of the American frontier West written by two of its foremost historians, paying special attention to the impacts on and relations among diverse races and cultures, including women's roles and perspectives.... Highly recommended, up-to-date overview of American frontier history.”

Library Journal

“As a short, single-volume summation of the current state of historical scholarship on the American West, it is probably unmatched by any other book available today.”

Great Plains Quarterly

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