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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Land Use, Environment, and Social Change (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Roots of Dependency (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Middle Ground (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frontier in American Culture (With: Patricia Nelson Limerick) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remembering Ahanagran (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Railroaded (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Republic for Which It Stands (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
California Exposures (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Killed Jane Stanford? (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Critical Issue Books

The Long, Bitter Trail (By:Anthony F.C. Wallace) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Specter of Communism (By:Melvyn P. Leffler) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Organic Machine (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lyndon Johnson's War (By:Michael H. Hunt) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Richard White is a history and non-fiction author from the United States that is one of the most respected in the genre.

The author got his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Santa Cruz. He is now one of America’s foremost scholars in the fields of environmental history, Native American history, and the American West.

White now works at Stanford University as an American History Margaret Byrne Professor. White Joined the university in 1998 and has been a prolific author of books since then.

He is best known for the classic work “Middle Ground.” The work made the final shortlist for a Pulitzer in 1992. Over the years, the work has been the winner of several major awards in the field of history.

The 20th-anniversary edition was only recently released to much popularity. Richard White has also written several other historical works that have just been as successful.

According to White, it was his undergraduate education at the University of California Santa Cruz that offered the solid foundation for his later works. It was his professors at Santa Cruz that taught the professor how to think.

On the other hand, the student body was responsible for encouraging him to take chances and write what he wanted to write.

The college experience as a whole made White acknowledge that no opinion, discovery, or position is better than another unless you can defend and justify it.

Among other honors he has received include a 2006 Andrew Mellon Foundation Award and a 1997 MacArthur Foundation fellowship. He also works for Stanford’s Spatial History Project as the lead investigator in shaping its projects.

One of its most important projects includes the attempt to come up with collaborative projects that make use of narratives and visualization to understand the past in Shaping the West.

As for how he came to start writing, Richard White has said that he started writing when his son was three years old. During this time, he was a single parent that used to spend his entire days teaching at university.

As such, hence was too exhausted to write during the night and had no time to write during the day. Determined to become an author, he began waking up as early as 5 am to write.

He would write for about an hour and then get his son ready for school When his son, later on, went on to live with his mother, he kept up the writing habits. He still writes every day including on the weekends.

While he may only write for an hour or two every day, the incremental nature of his work is what has made him so successful. He also keeps a journal with him at all times so that he can jot down any ideas he gets throughout his working day.
He will then do research and put the ideas on paper whenever he has time. White now has more than a dozen novels to his name in history and nonfiction genres.

In Richard White’s work “The Middle Ground,” the author explores the frontiers between the native Americans and European settlers during the 16th and 17th centuries.

He asserts that people intrinsically hostile and alien cultures can coexist and learn to live in mutually beneficial and respectful ways.

White does not assert that successful negotiations come from mutual understanding. Rather, he says that the understanding between the two cultures could best be described as a conspiracy of mutual understanding.

He never idolizes the people in the narratives even as he shows that both preferred to settle their differences through violence.

Still, he comes out to clearly assert that there is nothing like European and White representing wisdom and civilization and Native American and Red representing savagery and evil.

The biggest difference between the warring groups was that the natives depended on oral tradition while Europeans wrote down their history. The work goes against the grain as it tells its story from the Native American perspective.
It provides a fascinating account of the Indian attitudes on the status and role of women and how they thought about property rights.

Richard White’s novel “The Republic for Which It Stands” provides a unique and integrated perspective of the Gilded and Reconstruction age. It was this era that laid the foundation for a new and modern America that we have today.
With the Civil War coming to an end, the citizens and leaders of the North had a great vision for the United States. They envisioned a country that champions free labor, with a homogenized white and black citizenry.

The West and the South were to be rebuilt in the image of the prosperous northern states. Three decades later, Americans lived in a very different world as the unity that the end of the Civil War should have brought was short-lived.
Still, the country was larger, more extensive, richer, and significantly more diverse. Nonetheless, physical well beings had gone down, life spans had gotten shorter because of hazardous working conditions and disease.

Independent producers had been downgraded to simple wage earners in the increasingly industrial and urban America.

The dangerous classes of the poor and rich had gotten larger even as the society became politically, economically, ethnically, religiously, and racially divided.
The challenges still resulted in vigorous efforts to bring about cultural, moral, and economic reforms.

“Railroaded” by Richard White links the 19th-century railroad men with the political and financial conveyances that set the transcontinental in motion across Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

In great detail, White writes of the corruption of the railroads as he focuses on the dismal and arcane world of railroad finance during the 19th century.

According to White, the financiers of the railroads put Federal government land and other people’s money at risk as they played mischievous shell games with very little risk to their own finances.

The financiers made use of construction corporations and mirrors such as Credit Mobilier, the infamous company that was controlled by shadowy entities.

The owners were very adept at getting money out of the shell corporations into their personal accounts resulting in the railroad becoming saddled with enormous debts. The system was impoverished as individuals got richer from their devious schemes

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