I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I am surprised that it took me so long to enjoy it. It makes me wonder what was going on the previous times I tried to read it. As it turns out, I loved the history and the fallible human beings and the contrast between the civilized east and the wild west. I enjoyed the depiction of life in the late 1800s and the contrast to the almost present. The book is truly well written and well thought out but I must admit that toward the end I was ready for that event to come to pass and I also must say that I enjoyed Wallace Stegner’s book, Crossing to Safety, more. Nonetheless, it was a great read.