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Which Way to the Wild West?

Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion

Steven Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

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History--with the good bits put back. Discover the drama, discoveries, dirty deeds and derring-do that won the American West.

With a storyteller's voice and attention to the details that make history real and interesting, Steve Sheinken 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.

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WHICH WAY TO THE WILD WEST?
How the West Moved WestHave you ever tried to negotiate a treaty for your country? Maybe not. Well, if you ever do, play it cool. You know--don't act too eager to make a deal.This would have been good advice for Robert Livingston, the American ambassador to France. On the afternoon of April 11, 1803, Livingston was sitting in the office of the French foreign minister. The two men were chatting politely, until the Frenchman cut in with an offer that nearly knocked Livingston out of his chair.Might as Well Start HereAs Robert Livingston sat in Paris that day in 1803,
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    Steven Sheinkin, author of Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War, King George: What Was His Problem? The Whole Hilarious Story of the Revolution, and Which Way to the Wild West? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion discusses his writing style.

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An engaging chronological medley of anecdotes about the Wild West in nine lively chapters starting with the Louisiana Purchase and ending with the Lakota massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.” —School Library Journal

“Super illustrations, fresh stories, thoughtful insights with a light touch, this is fun for kids and parents alike.” —Travelforkids.com

“Sheinkin builds his conversational narrative around stories of the men and women who peopled the west, with particular attention given to African Americans, Chinese workers, and everyday farmers and cowboys. There’s plenty of humor here, but Sheinkin’s strength is his ability to transition between events.” —The Horn Book

“An accessible and engaging historical overview.” —Kirkus Reviews

An engaging chronological medley of anecdotes about the Wild West in nine lively chapters starting with the Louisiana Purchase and ending with the Lakota massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.” —School Library Journal

“Super illustrations, fresh stories, thoughtful insights with a light touch, this is fun for kids and parents alike.” —Travelforkids.com

“Sheinkin builds his conversational narrative around stories of the men and women who peopled the west, with particular attention given to African Americans, Chinese workers, and everyday farmers and cowboys. There’s plenty of humor here, but Sheinkin’s strength is his ability to transition between events.” —The Horn Book

“An accessible and engaging historical overview.” —Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Steven Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

  • Steve Sheinkin  is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction, and received three starred reviews; and Bomb, a National Book Award finalist and recipient of five starred reviews. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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Which Way to the Wild West?

Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion

Steven Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

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