Lions of the West

Lions of the West

Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

Book - 2011/10/18
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Chronicles the lives of Americans who influenced the development of the Western frontier, including Thomas Jefferson, Kit Carson, and Sam Houston.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011/10/18
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565126268
1565126262
Branch Call Number: 978.02 MOR
Characteristics: xxiii, 497 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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chcarafa May 31, 2012

I would be hardpressed to name a history that I have read as equanimous as this one. For an author to have some obvious opinions on the individuals he covers and yet to give so many viewpoints on them is refreshing to say the least. Morgan doesn't pull any punches. He merely lets the complexity of the amazing people, good and bad, speak for itself. The West is vast and varied as were the people who settled it. Morgan's thesis is very sound and although he makes an excellent case for it, he does not beat a dead horse.
The format of the book, multiple mini-biographies, makes it a quick read. You can't wait to get to the next person! Truly a must read for those that want a nice overview of "how the west was won." No doubt a good springboard to more detailed, singular biographies as well.

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