Narbona could not have known that "The Army of the West", in the midst of the longest march in American military history, was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self-righteous ideology now known as "Manifest Destiny". For 20 years the Navajo, elusive lords of a huge swath of mountainous desert and pasturelands, would ferociously resist the flood of soldiers and settlers who wished to change their ancient way of life - or destroy them.
©2006 Hampton Sides; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"An excellent addition to collections on western history." (Booklist)
"[Sides] eloquently paints the landscape and history of the 19th-century Southwest." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
Fear is the mind Killer, so Face Your Fear
THE KIT CARSON
I cannot think of one. I had no idea how influential Kit Carson was on American history
The knowledge was great, but the story sometimes dry. Don really kept me entertained.
I was stunned how little I knew about how the west was won.
Hampton Side Does it Again Hampton Side has taken on the Western Expansion and the life of Kit Carson. In broad strokes and using wonderfully exciting prose, his Kit Carson and the virtual ruin of the Navajo nation come to life. The reading of James Naughton, the writing of Sides, and the story make this a worth while listen. Some will not agree with Side's point of view, but no one can complain that he hasn't done everyone a favor by bringing this bygone era to the modern reader's attention.
The story and narration are good. I think that he did a good job of providing a balanced account. It was however, a bit long.
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