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Arizona: A History

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Thomas E. Sheridan has spent a lifetime in Arizona, "living off it and seeking refuge from it." He knows firsthand its canyons, forests, and deserts; he has seen its cities exploding with new growth; and, like many other people, he sometimes fears for its future.

In this book, Sheridan sets forth new ideas about what a history should be. Arizona: A History explores the way
Paperback, 434 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by University of Arizona Press
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James Thane
Aug 08, 2012 James Thane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Thomas E. Sheridan's Arizona is an excellent history of the forty-eighth state from prehistory through the present day. Despite its harsh desert climate, a wide variety of people have inhabited the area that is now Arizona over the last 10,000 years, including Native Americans, the Spanish, Mexicans and other Hispanic peoples, African Americans and, ultimately, the Anglo Americans who would annex the region and make it a part of the United States. While not dwelling on the fact, Sheridan makes i ...more
Evelin Bermudez
I was assigned to read this book for my Arizona history class; so I didn't pick this book up voluntarily. One of the earlier comments made was that this book read like a novel. A really, really, dry novel. Gosh, my lips are chapped from just thinking about it.
The writing style presented content that in some places, was easy to understand and absorb, but in others, the info just flew over my noggin. In some parts, I had to keep re-reading to understand what I just read! But aside from that, the
Sep 07, 2012 EC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a good, well researched history of the state. It took me awhile because I read this on my lunch breaks. Some books can be hard to follow in small chunks, but I didn't have a problem with this book. I was able to read half a chapter one day and the easily resume a day or two later. The author is a research anthropologist and that was clear in the writing style and an emphasis on the story behind the facts. His personal opinions on some things are clear, but usually limited to a statement ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Addicted2books rated it liked it
This book received rave reviews on Per my earlier comments, I found the book difficult to get through as it contains a lot of geographical references but not readable map to put the locations in any kind of context. It may have been written as an in-state history text book with the author assuming that his readers knew the places he was talking about. There were quite a few native American tribe names in the early chapters with no pronounciations provided by the author. The author se ...more
Sonya Bria
Apr 25, 2011 Sonya Bria rated it really liked it
Actually enjoyed reading about AZ. This read more like a novel than a textbook. Sheridan does a great job of unbiased accounts of the Mormon pioneers too. It was fascinating to learn more about the state, desert living, and the Hispanic/native Americans; Gives me a new perspective on living here. The writing is good, supported, and very descriptive. I could picture the historical figures that were mentioned in the book. If you are not from Arizona, currently live here or are just bored (lol) I'd ...more
Kris Neri
May 04, 2013 Kris Neri rated it it was amazing
Fabulous. A truly comprehensive look at the state of Arizona, starting with the land before Europeans came, and moving through the ages. Touching on changes to industry, landscape. Always also looking how changes affected women, Native Americans, and Mexicans. If you want to understand why Arizona is what it is today -- for better or worse (and it's too often worse IMO), this will explain it.
Jan 01, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
Lots of information lots of fun-

(mild spoiler) and now I know that the town of Snowflake wasn't named for the weather in the winter....and a whole lot more.
Jul 13, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easily readable history that they didn't teach ya in the 4th grade about our mixed up beautiful state...apparently our present situation ain't all that new!
Feb 27, 2013 Nranger7 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. It has an easy writing style making it understandable to those with no prior knowledge of the events covered.
May 05, 2011 Beckydham rated it liked it
Pretty nice overview. The union violence stories were the most startling to me--even living near Bisbee, it wasn't on my radar.
David Grasse
Should be required reading for anyone residing in this state or thinking of residing in this state.
Oct 14, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best, most succinct history of Arizona in print.
Apr 21, 2009 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Packed full of good information, but a very dry read.
David Horney
Dec 12, 2010 David Horney rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-42nd-year
one of the better text books i've come across
Dec 19, 2007 Doug rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Great history book. Sheridan is magical.
Mar 04, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Great book on the history of Arizona.
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