The American Elsewhere:
Montana the Magazine of Western History (pdf)
"Bryan's work . . . is the first study in several decades to engage constructively with the relationship between expansionism and myth. And he does so with great skill. Bryan's writing ability is enviable, and The American Elsewhere is notable for both its scope and readability. There is a pleasantly meandering quality to Bryan's beautifully illustrated explorations of various adventure narratives, which nicely reflects the often meandering narratives presented by the adventurers themselves."--Amy S. Greenberg author of Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire and A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico.
“American Elsewhere guides us through the tortuous and often baleful mental landscapes of American adventurers . . . . Bryan’s grasp of emotional topographies is masterful. Saddle up and follow his lead.”—Daniel Herman, author of Hell on the Range: A Story of Honor, Conscience, and the American West
“This book is a compelling investigation of how stories of Western adventurers . . . romantically redefined the staid conventions of American manhood and thereby promoted a national ethos of manifest destiny. A unique, pivotal study in the cultural history of American exceptionalism and expansionism.”—Michael L. Johnson, author of Hunger for the Wild: America’s Obsession with the Untamed West
“In appealing, accessible prose, Bryan explores the world of the adventurer. He draws fresh insights from sources long familiar to western historians and uncovers sources long forgotten as he demonstrates the role played by romantic self-fashioning in the national project of territorial acquisition . . . . Bryan organizes his sprawling array of sources into a readable study that will interest scholars in many fields, including western and borderlands history, gender studies, and American studies.”—Monica Rico, author of Nature’s Noblemen: Transatlantic Masculinities and the Nineteenth-Century American West