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Blood and Thunder

An Epic of the American West

by Hampton Sides

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Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2006
    480 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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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.

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"Although delivering little in the way of new information, Sides eloquently paints the landscape and history of the 19th-century Southwest." - PW.

"... 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." - Booklist.

"Sides works material well-known to historians, but less so to general readers, into an unchallenging but informative narrative." - Kirkus.

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Hampton Sides Author Biography

Gary Oakley

Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is the author of the bestselling histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, and, most recently, In the Kingdom of Ice, which recounts the heroic polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette during the Gilded Age.

Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His journalistic work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.

A native of Memphis and a Yale graduate, Hampton is the 2015 Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute and an advisory board member of the Mayborn ...

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