If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith. You will also see how these men played a major role in pushing our national frontier from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and fulfilling our nation’s ideal of Manifest Destiny. Breathtaking in scope, yet filled with the seemingly small decisions that changed the course of a nation, A Life Wild and Perilous is a compelling and fascinating piece of Americana. Travelogue buffs and historians alike will delight in Richard M. Davidson’s inspired telling of how the West was really won.
©1997 Robert M. Utley (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible
This book fills in a lot of history that has been generally skipped over in favor of the Civil War and other high volume catagories. I listen to audible or read a book to learn. I did that and then some. Hard men, rough time, the building of a nation, the shrinking of nations, fortunes won, fortunes lost, the rise of the U.S. the decline of Mexico, the making of American heroes, the end of the Red man, its all in there. Very well read. Very well written. A bit sad in places. Non fiction tends to be that way sometimes.
Very Good Listen
Jedediah Smith. Grandfather of western trappers.
I know many of the places that were in the story and this added to my interest.
Just not a good book to listen to without a reference map and time to process in detail what is being said. Reads more like a history and geography textbooks. Wonderfully researched but confusing and pretty boring to listen to.
Only if they bought the actual book with the maps that are included. Would make a better college course on American Expansionism of the 19th century. A quality, researched book but it couldn't hold my concentration listening in my vehicle while driving to work and I love this subject matter.
Yes. It could be great. Maybe call it the Revenant, the series
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