Husband for 40 years, retired CHP sergeant, photographer, father of 2, grandfather of 3. Love audiobooks. My interests are dominated, but not exclusively historical.
When I purchased this book I was under the impression that it was a basic history of the Navajo people. While listening to the first chapter I was concerned about the reader's voice as it seemed to be somewhat monotone. But I did not put the book down. I am extremely pleased with myself that I didn't. To me this was an epic story not solely about the history of the Navajo, but the many other Native American peoples of the southwest. Tightly weaved into the story was the life history of Kit Carson with John C Fremont, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Braxton Bragg, Generals Grant and Sherman and many others in their roles. The Civil War as fought in New Mexico, the Sand Creek Massacre and the slaughter of pioneer families by the Mormons of Utah. The beauty of the Southwest or to some its ugliness when compared to the green, fetal lands to the east. I ramble on, but this is a must listen for anyone interested in the history of the American Southwest. As the reader progressed the reader's voice seemed to be exactly what was needed to tell this story.
The well crafted and well researched writing
To pick just one or two is like asking which is your favorite child .This book is amazing from start to finish
Kit Carson is a standout for sure
What they didnt teach you about history
Loved this book , It is right up there with many other great views on early american history Honest brutal astonishing much like the great works of Allan W.Eckert .The book is fair to all History is now being written with a new prism a new perspective. As I am sure a cycle of revisionism occurs with some regularity. This book contains limited perspectives on what is or was pollitically correct and I am thankful for the great effort at objectivity. it is getting diffacult to find .Writers worry more about offending this constituency or that and letting that dictate a political statement .just offer the facts as the research provides and avoid the judgements by the standards some feel compelled to add .This auther has done a fine job of that the research and efforts to tell the story objectivly often in the participants is laudable. A great book filled with loads of important details carefully crafted.
Definitely top of my list.
Human, balanced, and fair.
His voice fit the subject matter.
Carson's accidental quest to settle the west.
probably not - the first time was good enough
The Navajo return to the 4-corners area.
A well-written and engrossing history of Kit Carson and the American West. Don Leslie's folksy but crisp and precise narration is the perfect companion.
The book was just ok for me. It's a history book about the Navahos and Kit Carson. I'm a history buff, but this book could have cut in half. I didn't know it was a history book, and wouldn't have spent a credit if I had known.
Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.
This book describes what happened in western Mexico (later the United States) between approximately 1845 and 1865. The United States sought to expand their territory so that it would stretch from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean, but Mexico stood in the way. In the resulting conflict Kit Carson, the protagonist in this book, rose to prominence.
The title and the setting made me think that this book would be full of exhilarating action. Sure enough there was some action but there was a lot of drawn out stories in between, some of which were superfluous. While Kit Carson is the protagonist the reader will also learn about Narbona, the famous leader of the Navajo, general Kearny who lead the american army against the mexicans, as well as a number of other surrounding characters. The fact that the book is temporally organized means that the books jumps around a lot between the different characters.
Still despite the hap-hazard feel sometimes associated with this book, there are also some buried gold-grains. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of California. It is an astonishing fact that only a 150 years ago it was a sparsely inhabited and dangerous desert. I was also fascinated by the description of the Indians and how they thought and felt when they encountered the modern american military.
For the reader that seeks an in depth description of the main characters in the Mexican war, including their pre war biographies, this book is a good option. For me, it was too long.