Empire of Shadows

The Epic Story of Yellowstone
Narrated by: Jack de Golia
Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Publisher's Summary

Empire of Shadows is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible, and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the 19th century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars, and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and General Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. 

George Black's Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of America's majestic national landmark.

©2012 George Black (P)2019 Tantor

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"...a masterful and riveting history of the exploration of Yellowstone. Empire of Shadows will forever change our understanding and conception of this sacred American place." (David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z)

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Informative History

Detailed description of the various events that took place in the area. Book doesn't focus much on the park itself, but more on the various military and other exploratory events. If you are looking on the details of the National Park's creation and non-military events that happened inside the park after its creation, this is not the book for you.