Lions of the West

Lions of the West

Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

eBook - 2012
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From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest Destiny comes to life in Morgan 's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. would stretch across the continent. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781616201791
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (543 p.)

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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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