This is an account of America's most famous drama. By centring
solely on three subjects - Native Americans, settlers and ranchers
- the author recreates these groups' struggles for their place in
this new landscape and illuminates the history of the old West.
Beginning with the demise of the Native Americans of the Plains,
Brown depicts the onrush of the burgeoning cattle trade and the
wave of immigrants who ultimately "settled" the land. By turns
heroic, tragic and even humorous, this work brings to life American
tragedy and triumph in the years from 1840 to the turn of the
century, and a roster of characters both great and small: Red
Cloud, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill
Hickock and many others.