The Greater America: An Epic Journey Through a Vibrant New Country

Daniel Ford
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In 1905, the veteran war correspondent Ralph D. Paine set out to explore the American West, sending back his dispatches to Outing magazine. He saw towns appearing like magic on the North Dakota prairie, loggers tearing the heart out of the Cascade forests, and cowboys making their last roundup in Montana. He explored the Pacific Coast from Seattle to the "pleasure and health resort" of Los Angeles, where an electric trolly whisked him from the city to the Santa Anita Ranch in a few minutes.

From there he went by train, desert automobile, and stage coach to the gold fields of Nevada. Wherever he went, there was bustle, progress, and unquenchable optimism, as the frontier closed and America began to grow into the world's superpower. Brought to new life by the historian and novelist Daniel Ford.

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Both Ralph D. Paine and Daniel Ford began as journalists and war correspondents, Paine in Cuba and the Boxer Rebellion, Ford in South Vietnam. In time, the younger man fell in love with Paine's granddaughter and with his early and splendid account of the American West shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Here is the book again -- edited, abridged, and annotated for the present century.

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Daniel Ford
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Published on
Apr 25, 2017
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Pages
218
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ISBN
9781544938301
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Language
English
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History / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Travel / United States / West / General
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