Date of this Version
Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Autumn 2000), pp. 74, 76.
This latest book by Walter Nugent, a distinguished and prolific American historian, is a major contribution to western history. Into the West is about people--those who came to the West, when, and why--more than about place. Though "not driven by any thesis," it rests on a foundation of sociodemography, not geography (p. xix). On his way into the West, Nugent focuses on population movements and the ideas that propelled them.