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Western History Classics

The idea behind Western History Classics is a simple one: to bring back into print books about Montana and the West that we believe deserve a second look. Some of these titles are much-loved classics for which we have received multiple requests to reprint over the years. Others are "lost classics," rescued from obscurity because we believe they still have much to offer modern-day readers. All have been selected with great care for their readability and power to illuminate some aspect of the region's rich literary and cultural heritage.

A special partnership between Riverbend Publishing, a Helena, Montana, commercial press, and the nonprofit Montana Historical Society Press has made this reprint series possible. If there is a book you would like to see republished as a Western History Classic, send your suggestion to whcnominations@riverbendpublishing.com.

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Western History Classics

Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park

by James Willard Schultz

Introduction by Darrell Robes Kipp

After journeying to Montana in the late 1800s, James Willard Schultz married Fine Shield Woman and lived on the Blackfeet reservation for nearly two decades. In his time among the Blackfeet, he absorbed hundreds of stories about the tribe, its history, and its oral tradition. He also became intimately familiar with the land that would become Glacier National Park. A Western History Classic, Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park, originally published in 1916, is Schultz’s rich account of Blackfeet tribal tradition.

Copublished with Riverbend Publishing

240 pages, illus.
paper, ISBN 1-931832-14-5, $19.95

Books of related interest available in the Native American History and Folklife section.

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The Story of Mary Maclane, by Herself

by Mary Maclane

Introduction by Julia Watson

The Story of Mary MacLane shocked the literary world when it was published in April 1902. Within six months it had sold 100,000 copies, an astonishing number then and now. Within a few years it had been translated into 36 languages, and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, and Gertrude Stein lauded it as an important influence in their quests for a new American style.

The author was a 19-year-old girl from the raw, masculine mining town of Butte, Montana. With the publication of Story, Mary MacLane became an overnight sensation. She was called the "Wild Woman of Butte," a Bohemian, a radical, a feminist, a rebel. Although MacLane went on to write other books, none had the impact of Story, which was—and is—fresh, frank, and funny. Readers are swept along in a breath-taking tour de force about life, love, and longing that is as powerful today as it was provocative when first published.

Copublished with Riverbend Publishing

256 pages, illus.
paper, ISBN 1-931832-19-6, $12.95

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Books of related interest available in the Women's History section.>

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Tenting To-Night

by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Originally published in 1918, Tenting To-Night-the lively story of best-selling author Mary Roberts Rinehart’s 1916 family camping trip through Montana’s Glacier National Park and Washington’s Northern Cascades-has been reprinted as part of the Western History Classics series. Including photographs of Rinehart, her companions, and majestic Glacier National Park, this humorous adventure about "roughing it" in the Northwestern wilderness is sure to charm readers.

Copublished with Riverbend Publishing

224 pages, illus.
paper, ISBN 1-931832-13-7, $19.95

Books of related interest available in the Women's History section.

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Up on the Rim

by Dale Eunson

Originally published in 1970, Up On the Rim is the story Dale Eunson’s childhood adventure on a homestead northwest of Billings, Montana. This Western History Classic begins with six-year-old Dale’s 1910 journey from Wisconsin to the desolate Montana prairie. The first two years on the family homestead were marked by drought, blizzards, and storms. As the Eunson’s learned to survive in the turbulent Montana climate, Dale learned the value of family, neighbors and the friendship of a loyal collie dog.

Copublished with Riverbend Publishing

248 pages

paper, ISBN 1-931832-20-X, $14.95

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The War of the Copper Kings

by C. B. Glasscock

Greed and corruption, bribery and fraud, insiders getting fabulously rich while workers get robbed. Sound familiar? That was the great battle for Butte, Montana, at the dawn of the twentieth century when it was the richest hill on earth. Copper was the treasure, eagerly sought after for wiring the modern world, and the hard rock below Butte was riddled with veins of the precious metal. At the time, Butte was the largest city between Minneapolis and Portland, and it was a wide-open town, only recently born in the rugged Rocky Mountains. Illustrated by rare, historical photographs, The War of the Copper Kings tells the story of Butte and the copper kings, a story of raw human drama and timeless historical significance.

This edition features an index, the first ever compiled for The War of the Copper Kings.

Copublished with Riverbend Publishing

304 pages, illus.
paper, ISBN 1-931832-21-8, $19.95

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Books of related interest available in the Mining section.

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