David Joy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and quickly demonstrated a fascination with fishing and writing. He earned a Bachelor's degree in literature and a Master's degree in professional writing from Western Carolina University. He is currently a columnist and staff writer for the Crossroads Chronicle in Cashiers, North Carolina. Joy lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where the rich Appalachian culture and landscape feed his creativity.
With a storyteller's voice and attention to the details that make history real and interesting, Steve Sheinkin's Which Way to the Wild West? delivers America's greatest adventure. From the Louisiana Purchase (remember: if you're negotiating a treaty for your country, play it cool.) to the gold rush (there were only three ways to get to California--all of them bad) to the life of the cowboy, the Indian wars, and the everyday happenings that defined living on the frontier.