The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.
The subject was interesting and I learned things. However, the narrative was slower than normal and I had to put reading speed on 2X to get through the book.
Mountain man and fur trader Jedediah Smith casts a heroic shadow. He was the first Anglo-American to travel overland to California via the Southwest, and he roamed through more of the West than anyone else of his era. His adventures quickly became the stuff of legend. Using new information and sifting fact from folklore, Barton H. Barbour now offers a fresh look at this dynamic figure.
If you could sum up Jedediah Smith in three words, what would they be?
Died too young.
What did you like best about this story?
The history the mountain men played in the settling of America
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Wish there were more documentation to his life.
Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.
What made the experience of listening to Empire of the Summer Moon the most enjoyable?
This is an extremely interesting book on the rise and fall of the Comanche Indians. It also gives a great perspective on the just how wild the
What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of the Summer Moon?
The insight in Chief Quanah and his white mother, Cynthia Ann Parker.
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Marc Thiessen knows more than almost anyone outside the CIA about what went on at CIA “black sites” and at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As chief speechwriter for President Bush, he was given unprecedented access to some of the most sensitive intelligence our government possessed on al Qaeda terrorists. He has since spent countless hours interviewing the men and women involved in the interrogations at every level—from Vice President Dick Cheney to the interrogators themselves.
This is an excellent book depicting how the current government administration has put this country back to the pre-9-11 stupidity.
It shows how the arrogance, lack of knowledge of security operations, and the lack of intelligent operations of the Obama presidency have put the America in a dangerous situation.
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Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared....
Outstanding book on WWII in the Pacific. The author does a great job in describing what the American POWs went through at the hands of the Japanese. Not for the faint of heart. Should be required reading for every high school student.
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