This book reveals a great wealth of film watching and knowledge of the intersections between those movies and the context within which they were produced and received.
—American Historical Review
A panoramic survey of Western movies in the twentieth century, from Edwin Porter's The Great Train Robbery
to Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven
and beyond. It is also a vivid history of the culture that created and consumed this all-purpose, ever-malleable art form whose themes and characters strike to the heart of the American experience.
—Michael Steiner, author of Regionalists on the Left
The Sagebrush Trail
may be the most comprehensive overview of the Western film genre to date. It does an especially impressive job of analyzing movies—literally scores of movies—against the backdrop of changing currents in American culture.
—David M. Wrobel, author of Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression
Film buffs and history lovers will equally appreciate this insightful look at perhaps America's most enduring contribution to popular culture.
—Journal of Arizona History
Vivid and well written.
—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
General readers and nonspecialists will welcome Aquila's jargon-free, accessible writing.
—Western Historical Quarterly
An unexpected pleasure, linking a multitude of films to their cultural contexts and finding in them 'clues about America' 'that historians might otherwise miss.'
—Journal of American History