Nevada, A History by Robert Laxalt
“Originally published in 1977 as Robert Laxalt’s contribution to a series of books observing the nation’s bicentennial. Nevada: A History is an evocative portrait of the state and its people. In a gently sentimental style, Laxalt’s narrative history offers readers a highly personal review of the Silver State’s past, combined with delightful anecdotes. Noting that “nothing is more revealing of the character, attitudes, and environment of a region than the pure language of the people who inhabit it,” Laxalt quotes liberally from conversations he heard though the years, furthering his effort to explore all aspects of the state. Nevada is a guide though the past – a past of troubled times, good times, hard times. From range life and mining towns to the gambling scene and politics, Laxalt shares his intimate knowledge of the state. He includes well-known history of the thirty-sixth state, but more importantly, he presents “forgotten” history: the cattlemen and sheepman, political personages, and true Nevadans.
This edition features an updated preface by the author and a selection of photographs not included in the original publication.”
Page Count: 146