The best books about Montana 📚

Browse the best books on Montana as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron

Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron

By Donna M. Lucey

Why this book?

The story behind this book is nearly as fascinating as the book itself. Evelyn Cameron—Lady Cameron!—accompanied her ne’er do well husband to Montana with a scheme to raise thoroughbreds. When that failed, her husband fell into despair and it was up to Evelyn to put food on the table. She did that by photographing what she saw around her: everything from staged and romanticized “Western photos” that she sold to magazines back East, to interiors of dreary homestead claim shacks. Her glass plate negatives were converted to greenhouses after her passing but were thankfully discovered and restored, resulting in this…

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The best books on Montana during WWI

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Book cover of When You & I Were Young, Whitefish

When You & I Were Young, Whitefish

By Dorothy M. Johnson

Why this book?

Dorothy M. Johnson wrote three short stories that were made into Western movies: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; The Hanging Tree; and A Man Called Horse. But this collection is a light-hearted visit to her childhood, growing up near Glacier National Park. A quick but delightful read to balance out some of the chewier reading I’ve suggested.

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The best books on Montana during WWI

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Book cover of Traveler's Companion to Montana History

Traveler's Companion to Montana History

By Carroll Van West

Why this book?

The author, a history professor and Tennessee State Historian, provides an in-depth look into Montana history, region by region. The academic tone is nicely balanced by the people and events presented on the pages – plain folk to preachers and everything in between. A great companion to Jonathan Raban’s Badland.

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The best books on Montana during WWI

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Book cover of Knox: The Montana Marshalls

Knox: The Montana Marshalls

By Susan May Warren

Why this book?

Look at him… who doesn’t love a cowboy with a hat? Knox draws you into the beginning of a conspiracy that spans several different series. What I love about this author is that she creates a community of characters who could be your next door neighbor. Hello. Why not? This is a people watcher’s dream come true.

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The best Christian fiction books with memorable characters

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Book cover of Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness

Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness

By Doug Peacock

Why this book?

Doug Peacock’s Grizzly Years is revolutionary on two counts. The tale of a Green Beret medic devastated from his tours trying to sew soldiers and civilians back together in the killing fields of Vietnam, who seeks—and finds—recovery in the American wilderness: Wyoming’s Wind Rivers, the desert Southwest, and, always, the mountains of Montana—particularly Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. That wilderness can save our lives is a beautifully simple and revolutionary concept for many—that it is not a thing to be frightened of, but celebrated, preserved, defended.

In Montana’s backcountry, Peacock was drawn to the grizzlies, observed them at a distance,…

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The best books to read about resistance

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Book cover of Bad Land: An American Romance

Bad Land: An American Romance

By Jonathan Raban

Why this book?

Evocative and clear-eyed introduction to the western landscape; this compelling read orients readers firmly in place and time. It’s carefully researched nonfiction that reads like a suspense thriller; you’ll spend many nights reading it past your bedtime.

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The best books on Montana during WWI

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