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Blood and Thunder The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West

ISBN-10: 1400031109
ISBN-13: 9781400031108
Edition: N/A
Authors: Hampton Sides
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Description: In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of “Manifest Destiny,” this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of “Manifest Destiny,” this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness. InBlood and Thunder, Hampton Sides gives us a magnificent history of the American conquest of the West. At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.

Hampton Sides, contributing editor of "Outside" & editor of "The Wild File," is also the author of "Ghost Soldiers". He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Prologue: Hoofbeats
The New Men
Jumping Off
The Glittering World
The Army of the West
Singing Grass
Blue Bead Mountain
Who Is James K. Polk?
What a Wild Life!
The Ruling Hand of Providence
The Pathfinder
When the Land Is Sick
The Un-Alamo
We Will Correct All This
Narbona Pass
The Uninvaded Silence
On the Altar of the Country
A Perfect Butchery
The Fire of Montezuma
Your Duty, Mr. Carson
Daggers in Every Look
Men with Ears Down to Their Ankles
The Hall of Final Ruin
The New Men
A Broken Country
The Grim Metronome
Lords of the Mountains
The Devil's Turnpike
Our Red Children
Cold Steel
El Crepusculo
American Mercury
Time at Last Sets All Things Even
A Broken Country
The Finest Head I Ever Saw
The Death Knot
Men Without Eyes
Blood and Thunder
Monster Slayer
The Fearing Time
People of the Single Star
The Sons of Some Dear Mother
The Round Forest
Children of the Mist
General Orders No. 55
Fortress Rock
The Long Walk
Adobe Walls
The Condition of the Tribes
Crossing Purgatory
Epilogue: In Beauty We Walk
A Note on the Sources
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Art Credits

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