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Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
Blood and Thunder The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
Author: Hampton Sides
Praise for Blood and Thunder“Kit Carson’s role in the conquest of the Navajo during and after the Civil War remains one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the history of the American West. Hampton Sides portrays Carson in the larger context of the conquest of the entire West, including his frequent and ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400031108
ISBN-10: 1400031109
Publication Date: 10/9/2007
Pages: 592
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  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West on + 19 more book reviews
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This book covers so much history of the west. It talks about the wars with the Navajos, the civil war the winning of New Mexico and California. The sheer determination of men and women to settle the western portion of our country is just incredible. One story tells of two men walking in almost bare feet across catus infested country to warn their follow soldiers of an impending attack. This battle was won and may have saved California for the United States. It reminds us of how vunerable we were just 100 years ago when a band of indians could enter the New Mexico govenors home and kill his family over nothing more than a percieved insult. It then tells of how the Americans hunted the Navajos down and forced them out of their native hunting grounds to stop the raids on American settlers a resettlement plan which denied them their very way of life. There is so much in this book. It is not a fast read. It is packed with historical facts that take time to digest.
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An excellent, very well documented story on Kit Carson and his interactions with many historical figures and events. I loved this book from the first paragraph to the last. Could hardly put it down. This book has passed through four friends and two family members so far and everyone agrees - It's the best book we've ever read. We all live in New Mexico and the book has given us all insight into the amazing history of this amazing State.

If you live in NM - you will LOVE this book.
If you have traveled to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Taos, NM or northern California(or will) you'll enjoy this book.
If you have a fascination with the old west this book will captivate your imagination like no other.
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This has to be one of the most exciting moments in history that I have read in a long time. Hampton Sides covers all the angles and I found myself respecting Kit Carson for all the right reasons, not just for the legends. This was a crucial time for Americans, Mexicans and Indians alike. There are many characters worth rooting for and as in all times of conflict, the winners are not always the good guys. But there are plenty of fascinating good guys and bad guys in this truly "Epic Story" to offer any American historian or anyone else that would enjoy adventure, excitement, colorful people, mysterious rituals, and scenic descriptions of a world few of us can imagine, let alone accept as our own legacy.
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If you like history this book has it all, to the point and interesting too. Learned a lot about the plight of the Navajo and other tribes fueled by Manifest Destiny and how men were driven crazy with their dreams of greatness.
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