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

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


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

NATIONAL BESTSELLER - From the author of Ghost Soldiers comes an eye-opening history of the American conquest of the West--"a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy" (The New York Times Book Review).

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.

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.

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Publication Date2007-10-09
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Hampton Sides is a renowned American historian and author, best known for his compelling exploration of historical events in non-fiction literature. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962, Sides graduated from Yale University and later honed his storytelling skills as a journalist for reputable publications like The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Esquire. His ability to vividly chronicle the past in a format that both educates and engages his readers has established him as a heavyweight in the realm of historical non-fiction. Sides' notable works include "Ghost Soldiers", "Blood and Thunder", "In the Kingdom of Ice", and "On Desperate Ground". These captivating narratives often revolve around key events and symbolic figures in American history, rendering historical events with the drama and flair often reserved for works of fiction. "Ghost Soldiers", a World War II story, notably won the PEN USA Award for non-fiction in 2002. Beyond simply being an author, Hampton Sides is an editor-at-large for Outside magazine and a frequent lecturer on history, writing and the outdoors. He has also contributed his expertise to various television productions as a historical consultant. Sides’ passion and commitment to his craft have added richness to the broader conversation about American history, clearly asserting his legacy as an author who is not just read, but widely respected and admired.

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