The best feature of this straightforward narrative account is its jacket: a gorgeous 1869 Bierstadt painting in red and gold tones. Within, well-selected b&w reproductions of other contemporary art and photos vividly depict the experience along the trail. Text here, however, is merely competent, outlining significant facts and providing some illuminating quotes but never quite bringing this historic migration to life. And, while Fisher comments dutifully on the Native Americans' position in their conflict with the settlers, his picture by and large is the traditional one of courageous pioneers braving the Indian terror. An attractive-looking book that promises more than it delivers.