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The West: An Illustrated History

The West: An Illustrated History

by Ken Burns | Geoffrey C. Ward

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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The lavish illustrated companion to the PBS series with essays from seven renowned writers and historian. (USW674, $27.99)

Crazy Horse, A Life

Crazy Horse, A Life

by Larry McMurtry

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

The story of Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove." McMurtry blends history, biography and a dose of good storytelling in this short, thought-provoking biography. A volume in the excellent "Penguin Lives" series. (USW205, $14.00)

Compass Guide Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Compass Guide Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

by Brian Kevin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Exquisitely photographed, this sumptuous guide in the newly relaunched Compass Guides series, featuring local authors, is an excellent overview of the history, culture, nature, activities and attractions of the park. With a 20-page section of practical information. (USW577, $21.99)

Grand Teton National Park Map

Grand Teton National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A detailed topographic map of Grand Teton National Park. (USW34, $11.95)

Yellowstone National Park Map

Yellowstone National Park Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A visitor's overview map of the park at a scale of 1:126,000 with good topographic relief. (USW32, $11.95)

 
American Places

American Places


by William Zinsser

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 193 PAGES

Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Niagara, The Alamo, Disneyland, Rockefeller Center, Pearl Harbor and Omaha Beach, William Zinsser writes of 16 iconic sites as a pilgrim and historian, rediscovering what it means to be American. The author of On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (now out in a 25th anniversary edition), Zinsser's essays are honed to perfection. (USA167, $14.95)

Cowgirls: Women of the American West

Cowgirls: Women of the American West


by Teresa Jordan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES

The story of the western woman, past and present, is intimately recounted through the words of the women themselves. (USW13, $19.95)

Historical Atlas of the American West

Historical Atlas of the American West


by Derek Hayes

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES
  • NEW

This spectacular atlas presents a sweeping history of the American West through 600 color maps, posters and other striking archival material, expertly annotated and beautifully presented by geographer and historian Hayes. (USW606, $41.95)

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

The Carving of Mount Rushmore


by Rex Alan Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 415 PAGES

An engrossing account of the carving of Mount Rushmore, its sculptor Gutzon Borglum and others involved in the creation of the monument. With 50 black-and-white photos. (USP07, $22.95)

The Cowboy at Work, All about His Job and How He Does It

The Cowboy at Work, All about His Job and How He Does It


by Fay E. Ward

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

In this classic, an old-time cowboy colorfully describes every detail of the working cowhand's life and job. Captivating reading for working cowboys and illustrated with 600 drawings and diagrams by the author, this book is also as indispensable for the dude ranch wrangler as it is for the armchair bronc-buster and anyone interested in cowboy life. (SWU473, $24.95)

The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn

The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn


by Joseph M., III Marshall

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Drawing on oral histories passed down from Lakota witnesses of the battle, Marshall re-casts Little Bighorn from the perspective of the Native American victors. (USW544, $16.00)

Wapiti Wilderness

Wapiti Wilderness


by Margaret Murie | Olaus Murie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Margaret and her biologist husband (who did the illustrations for the book) write of a winter, and especially the elk, at a ranch in Jackson Hole. They alternate chapters, mixing tales of work as a field biologist with stories of life in the region, where they lived for 37 years. (USW68, $24.95)

Close Range: Wyoming Stories

Close Range: Wyoming Stories


by E. Annie Proulx

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

Proulx's brilliantly-drawn characters personify the loneliness, harsh beauty and wild nature of Wyoming in this luminous collection, which includes the story "Brokeback Mountain." (USW349, $15.00)

The Best of the West, An Anthology of Classic Writing from the American West

The Best of the West, An Anthology of Classic Writing from the American West


by Tony Hillerman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A campfire collection of unforgettable portraits of the West, this anthology takes in travelers, homesteaders, Navajos, government officials, pioneers and authors as diverse as Meriwether Lewis, John Steinbeck and Edward Abbey. (USW87, $18.99)

A Naturalist's Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park

A Naturalist's Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park


by Frank C. Craighead, Jr.

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A memoir and classic natural history of the wildlife of Jackson Hole and the Tetons by a celebrated local biologist, organized week-by-week throughout the year. (SWU168, $18.95)

Decade of the Wolf, Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

Decade of the Wolf, Returning the Wild to Yellowstone


by Douglas Smith | Gary Ferguson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Biologist Smith (Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project) and nature writer Ferguson look at the 10 years since the re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone. (RKY90, $16.95)

Mountain Time, A Yellowstone Portrait

Mountain Time, A Yellowstone Portrait


by Paul Schullery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A former ranger, Schullery writes with depth and grace on the natural history of Yellowstone National Park, its wildlife, rangers and visitors in this classic collection of essays, originally published in 1984. (USW392, $19.95)

Pages of Stone: Geology of Western National Parks and Monuments, Grand Canyon and the Plateau Country

Pages of Stone: Geology of Western National Parks and Monuments, Grand Canyon and the Plateau Country


by Halka Chronic

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 158 PAGES

An informative guide to the geology of the Colorado Plateau, some of the most ruggedly beautiful land in the Southwest. With mostly black-and-white photographs, maps, diagrams and glossary. (USW380, $21.95)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Now in a paper edition, this lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $32.50)

Yellowstone Country, The Enduring Wonder

Yellowstone Country, The Enduring Wonder


by Seymour L. Fishbein

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An overview of Yellowstone presented in the National Geographic style, featuring spectacular color photographs, maps and good travel information. (SWU76, $16.00)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains

Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains


by James Halfpenny | Todd Telander

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

An essential pocket guide to 70 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, with line drawings, range maps and descriptions. (USW118, $9.95)

Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy plastic card illustrates the birds, mammals, fishes, amphibians and reptiles of Yellowstone. We also carry its companion, Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers (Item USW501). (RKY88, $6.95)

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