Blood and Thunder An Epic of the American West

ISBN-10: 0385507771

ISBN-13: 9780385507776

Edition: 2006

Authors: Hampton Sides

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A Magnificent History of How the West Was Really Won—an Epic Tale of Shame and Glory In the fall of 1846 the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people’s chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true—if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies. As Narbona gazed down on the battlements and cannons of a mighty fort the invaders had built, he realized his foes had been destroyed—but what did the arrival of these “New Men” portend for the Navajo? Narbona could not have known that “The Army of the West,” in the midst of the longest march in American military history, was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self-righteous ideology now known as “Manifest Destiny.” For twenty years the Navajo, elusive lords of a huge swath of mountainous desert and pasturelands, would ferociously resist the flood of soldiers and settlers who wished to change their ancient way of life or destroy them. Hampton Sides’s extraordinary book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to ringing life. It is a tale with many heroes and villains, but as is found in the best history, the same person might be both. At the center of it all stands the remarkable figure of Kit Carson—the legendary trapper, scout, and soldier who embodies all the contradictions and ambiguities of the American experience in the West. Brave and clever, beloved by his contemporaries, Carson was an illiterate mountain man who twice married Indian women and understood and respected the tribes better than any other American alive. Yet he was also a cold-blooded killer who willingly followed orders tantamount to massacre. Carson’s almost unimaginable exploits made him a household name when they were written up in pulp novels known as “blood-and-thunders,” but now that name is a bitter curse for contemporary Navajo, who cannot forget his role in the travails of their ancestors.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

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
Selected Bibliography
Art Credits
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