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by William H. Goetzmann


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Over the next 5 decades, he published widely, establishing himself as one of the nation's premiere historians, and ranging widely among intellectual history, cultural history, art history, history of science, and history of philosophy.

Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West, by William H. Goetzmann (Knopf). An important environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that brings crucial attention to Earth’s 10th-largest body of water, one of the planet’s most diverse and productive marine ecosystems. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon).

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning Exploration and Empire, William H. Goetzmann analyzes the special role the . This book won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize.

This book won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize. It is easy to understand why. Nothing less than a compendium of all of the major explorations of the American West, the author leaves you with a sense of wonder as he covers 120 extensive journeys.

Exploration and Empire book. In this classic work, Goetzmann argues that the exploration. He has written and William H. Goetzmann was an award-winning historian and emeritus professor in the American Studies and American Civilization Programs at the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Yale University as a graduate student and was friends with Tom Wolfe while there. His work on the American West won him the highest prizes for historians, the Parkman Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.

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The New York Times Archives. THE exploration of the American West, William H. Goetzmann insists in this skillful synthesis of a century's outpouring of diaries, reports, monographs and scholarly studies, was not a series of isolated,.

William H. Goetzmann (July 20, 1930 - September 7, 2010) was an award-winning historian and emeritus professor in the American Studies and American Civilization.

A history of nineteenth-century Western exploration which reveals its cultural and intellectual effects on the nation as a whole

Comments: (7)

Dont_Wory
I consider Dr. Goetzmann one of the best professors on the history of the
American West. His Exploration and Empire is a classic of the exploring of
the west by explorers and scientists. I ordered a hard cover copy and it
arrived on time and in excellent condition. I have added this classic book
to my American History collection. Charles
Grari
Heavy going this book, but packed full of an astonishing collection of historical fact. A revelation as to the reasons for the West's exploration and how it came about.
An impressive picture of the times. A great refernce book and well worth re-reading. The only fault was the reproduction of the all important maps in my paper back version, far too small to interpret. Even a magnifying glass hardly improved legibility. A good atlas and Google Earth were of great asistance however.
Cesar
Great!
TheFresh
I've read the original edition of this several times--it's a great book.

This edition (purchased for a gift) was very disappointing. The graphics had been copied and many were unreadable. The cover was also disappointed. I recommend anyone interested in this book pass on the second edition and try to get a used copy of the first edition.
Renthadral
This is a superb book. I have read more than a dozen books on the exploration of America's western frontier, and this book pulls together all those accounts, categorizes them by purpose and sponsorship, describes their interrelatedness, and even tracks their efforts to secure government funding. In some places, the author is tantalizingly vague about the details, when a specific venture shifted away from the author's major focus, and in other instances he makes a casual reference to a battle, or scandal, or explorer when it is ancillary to his focus. But overall, Prof Goetzmann provides, for me, the most comprehensive and understandable account of 'How the West was Won'.
Anaginn
This book won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize. It is easy to understand why. Nothing less than a compendium of all of the major explorations of the American West, the author leaves you with a sense of wonder as he covers 120 extensive journeys. Detailing the time period from Lewis and Clark (1803 - 1806) to the final work of John Wesley Powell (1890), William Goetzmann covers all major exploration influences from the fur trapping days, to the Army's extensive topographical studies and Border examinations, to the exacting surveys conducted by the Department of the Interior.

I never realized how many expeditions were conducted or the complex, scientific nature of them. No matter who headed these efforts, the personnel always included topographers, geologists, astronomers, ethnologists, physicists, landscape artists and painters, paleontologists, engineers, surveyors, etc. These were not casual undertakings but included some of the best scientific minds of the time. Nor were these expeditions taken in the latter part of the 19th century when things were relatively safe. For the most part, the majority of these surveys were between 1840 - 1870, when the Army's war with the American Indian was in full swing.

Nothing was missed and many of these undertakings met with severe personal tragedy, loss of life and privation. Yet no part of the American West was too obscure for critical evaluation and we see the purpose of these efforts evolve from simple observations to extensive mappings not just of the country under examination but also the inhabitants, mineral deposits and geologic structures to include their environmental and agricultural evaluation for water, aridity, likelihood of irrigation, vegetation and potential uses. From mountain tops to canyon bottoms we see the launching of brand new fields of science such as paleontology, anthropology and hydrology. We see egos and the politics that egos spawn, especially within the intense competition between the Army, who began these efforts, and the Department of the Interior, who finished them.

This is a remarkably complete rendering of the exploration of the American West. If there is a constructive criticism, it is that the author bit off too much. 120 ventures in a net 600 page book leaves relatively little time to do much more than the author did for many of these undertakings, list the survey's participants and outline their specific objectives. But make no mistake, this is a masterful work. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, William Goetzmann offers a remarkable overview of the opening of the American West, as well as a fascinating study of the nature of exploration and its consequences for civilization.
Viashal
I have not read this entire 647 pages of this paperback edition. As disclosure, I am selling a copy of it here on line. My job here is to offer more information for the buyer if that helps in the purchase.

I am a sucker for any historical book that can authoritatively offer new information on a topic of American history. The author received an award for his PhD study and taught history and American Studies at Yale and University of Texas for years before writing this book. It won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1967 because it offers a compendium of information, easy to access with detailed index, and well sourced with strong footnoting, with more source info discussed at back of book

Yes, some of the many the map illustrations are small therefore hard to read but they could be accessed if magnified. Overall, a wonderful book and I would recommend it to any history buff or scholar, as a text to study and to still use as a source on this topic.

The Antiquarian Resource
As an historian I have always been admirer of Dr Goetzmann and although the book was a good overview of the topic it had errors, some possibly due to editing and some of fact. I felt his generalizations were a little too positive and based on his own opinion rather than documentation. The maps in this edition were unreadable and is bizarre when one looks at the topic of the book. Maps make up a large part of the story and if we cannot read them then a large part of this story is missing.
Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West (The Norton library) download epub
United States
Author: William H. Goetzmann
ISBN: 0393008819
Category: Travel
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; (1st,1966) edition (May 1, 1978)
Pages: 656 pages