It’s called Soldiers and Statesmen and it covers the years 1960 to 1990.
You get a lot more than that, however, as when we get into certain areas – health, alcohol, sex, drugs…to name a few – I give you lots of current information.
That’s what you’re looking for – information.
You want to know about the state’s recent history and this book does a good job of it.
It’s not perfect, I’ll tell you that right now.
Nor is the history complete – I’m sure there are tons of things that happened in Montana during these years that I’m missing.
The book does cover all the political developments and economic changes that took place over those three decades, however, and it does so in a fun way.
I feel a big part of this is due to the various people I profile.
You of course get soldiers that fought in wars – mostly Vietnam – as well as the statesmen that fought for legislation – mainly in Washington.
Besides that, though, you get the stories of common people in the state.
These are people like John Quigley and his frontier town for tourists; Bill Montgomery and his decades of service at the Anaconda smelter; Jim Darcy and his tragic end in Vietnam; and Big Dorothy Baker and the brothel she ran in Helena until 1972.
You get more national figures too.
These are people like JFK and his short time in the White House; Donald Rumsfeld and his efforts to poison crops for Monsanto; and George H.W. Bush and his connections to the family of the man that tried to kill Ronald Reagan.
I’m especially proud of the various facts and figures I pulled together from a wide variety of sources.
You’ll get all kinds of information on Montana’s population, her taxes, the mental health situation, tourism numbers, mining totals, forestry figures, and the business and banking consolidations that took place over these years.
I really feel that this information will help future generations, and it’ll help you too.
I love the fact that I can do a simple “ctrl-f” search in any of my six Montana history books and pull up information on almost any subject, detailed information with facts that allow me to get a leg-up in whatever conversation or debate I’m taking part in.
If knowledge truly is power, then gaining that knowledge of Montana’s recent past will surely empower your thoughts and arguments, and it’ll make you a better citizen of the state as well.
You can read the first couple of chapters of the book on Amazon, and I encourage you to do so.
I also encourage you to read the rest by spending $7.99 and getting the book.
You can get the book on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and the paperback version will be up on Amazon in a day or two.
Montana is a big place with lots of stories. Find out a few – buy this book today.