This spectacularly illustrated work brings the entire sweep and scope of the West to life- from the early expeditions over the Appalachians to the end of the open range. Nearly 1,000 paintings, drawings, photographs, diagrams, and maps. "No other single book helps you to understand so well what life was really like for the westering pioneers. With the aid of 23 vivid reconstructions, prepared under the supervision of expert consultants, you can imagine yourself in a variety of frontier situations." In one volume, the story of America's greatest adventure, the new country, the Indians, the people, the wars, the trails, and the great bonanzas of silver and gold. Hundreds of visual aids packed with information. Detailed maps follow every step of the way. Cutaway paintings that let you see the insides of things. With a lively text and almost 1,000 illustrations with more than 200 in color. Helps you really understand what life was like for western pioneers.