This is spirited history of the Great Plains, the amazing land mass dead center on the North American continent, of a breadth and flatness beyond belief. But the plains are not so monotonous as they seem, being as various to plainsmen as the ocean is to sailors. McKee covers the flats from their geological origins through to the pathfinders and merchants, the trails and the peoples. But if you really want to see the area as pristine as it will ever be, go now because changes are coming, some terrible. The loss of acreage blown away in the worst Dust Bowl years of the '30's was more than doubled in the 1954 drought. Also, the energy crunch will soon be strip-mining the region; and the population boom. . . . The plains' ever-present sky and wild weather hit home with great force -- highly recommended, wonderfully amiable.