This is the definitive overview of regional history by a native of Greenbrier County, West Virginia, who directed the Appalachian Center at Appalachian State University for many years. "A vivid and perceptive portrait of the region. [Williams's] seminal account not only provides an exceptionally readable and accurate text for the classroom, but it marks a new level of achievement and synthesis in Appalachian Studies. . . . Combines the narrative storytelling of good history with personal observations of someone who knows the region and its people. . . . An eloquent statement of how far we have come, Appalachia: A History provides a new platform upon which the next generation of Appalachian historians will begin their work. . . . Williams knows Appalachia and Appalachian scholarship. This book is a fine tribute to his commitment and skill; it should stand for years as the standard introduction to Appalachian history."--Appalachian Journal
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2002. 473 pages with an index, Bibliography, Notes, maps, tables, and illustrations, including photos. Trade Paperback.