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This is an auction for BLOOD AND THUNDER by Hampton Sides.

Subtitled "The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West".

"Sides has written an enthralling account that concentrates on the period that begins with the Mexican War and ends with the forced "roundup" of the Navajo at the Canyon de Chelly. This is not a straight narrative history. Rather, Sides advances this epic story by providing wonderful portraits of some of the key participants in the saga. But at the centre of this chronicle is the famed mountain man, scout, and entrepreneur, Kit Carson. As portrayed by Sides, Carson was a study in contradictions. Illiterate but extremely intelligent, Carson respected Indians and took two Indian wives, but he could act as a cold-blooded killer when government policy required action against Indians. An excellent addition to collections on western history."
- Booklist (US) 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. Fuelled 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. Hampton Sides gives us a magnificent history of the American conquest of the West. At the centre of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. 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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Paperback 2008.

563 pages + photographs.

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