Why the West Was WildBook - 2004
The legendary characters of the American Wild West.
The American West was a wild, wild place. During a brief but sensational period, the West was a collision of rough terrain and rougher players.
Why the West was Wild is a historically-accurate and colorful book that explores:Real and imagined promises of opportunity The certainty of adventure The few laws that governed an immense frontier Lively individuals who populated the region
The diverse mix of ranchers and farmers, cheats, swindlers and pioneers, all contributed to shaping the Wild West. Many Civil War soldiers, newly discharged and not afraid of a fight, migrated to the western states. They were resisted by fierce warriors, such as the Comanches, who fought the incoming pioneers and newly arrived immigrants. Gamblers followed the gold rush prospectors and risked their lives for lucrative poker wins. Gangs of thieves pulled daring heists and were pursued by lawmen who had to be as ruthless as the criminals they pursued.
From tales of cowboy showmen like Buffalo Bill Cody to outlaw legends like Billy the Kid, young readers will thrill to the dramatic storytelling that shows why the Old West was so extraordinary. As well, engaging graphics, vivid artwork and evocative archival photographs combine to bring the West to life in a way that celebrates the enduring spirit of those who braved a menacing frontier.