The Plains Across
The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60Unabridged Edition
Paper – $40
About the BookThe most honored book ever released by The University of Illinois Press, The Plains Across was the result of more than a decade's work by its author. Hailed for the detail of its research and clarity of its writing, the volume presented a new picture for the overland journey on the Oregon Trail. Here, on the occasion of that trail, is a reissue that includes more than fifty illustrations contained in the 1979 cloth edition.
About the AuthorThe late John D. Unruh, Jr., a descendant of Mennonite pioneers, was born in South Dakota in 1937. He was, until his death in 1976, an associate professor of history at Bluffton College in Ohio.
Reviews"Magisterial. . . . Unruh has not only produced the best book yet written on the overland journey, but has also laid to rest a magnitude of popular myths. . . . The book is so rich in anecdote, so sparklingly written, and so free of academic gobbledy-gook that it might have come from the pen of a best-selling popularizer."--Washington Post Book Review
"Contains the essence of the American dream. . . . A major contribution to the literature of the always fascinating American West."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Will stand as a milestone in western historical scholarship. . . . Unruh's attention to detail serves to accentuate the timeless color and human drama of the overland story."--Western Historical Quarterly