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Lions of the West Audiobook

Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams.
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Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies: the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself.

Known also for his powerful fiction (Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. Their stories - and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans - form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Original material Robert Morgan. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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    Chelsey 05-11-16
    Chelsey 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"

    Some chapters very enjoyable. I loved the chapters about johnny appleseed, kit carson and davey crocket, great! I thought there was too much info regarding the presidents and way too much on diff battles with mexico.

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    matt 03-21-16
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    Informative about early American history and how the borders were expanded and set. Let's you get a feel for the men and their personalities, that had power and authority over the expansion itself.

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    terrill 04-28-13
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    "History can be fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, very interesting and fun to listen to. a lot of information


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    sam houston


    Have you listened to any of David Drummond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    dj harriman, TN, United States 08-09-12
    dj harriman, TN, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to Lions of the West again? Why?

    Yes. A lot of new insight on some of America's most loved pioneers


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    As a Tennessean, I loved listening about some of our favorite sons. Davy Crockett , Sam Houston etc.


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