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Subject: Blood and Thunder
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 7:19 AM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
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I am 100 pages into this book by Hampton Sides and it is terrific. As I have read comments by Valli in the HF thread, I agree with her that if history books were written like this for the schools, kids would really love it! I enjoyed reading about Bent's Fort and Fort Lyon. That really rang a bell with me since I lived down there for about 2 years - as a matter of fact, I lived in old officer's quarters on Fort Lyon. It was turned into a psych hospital for the VA (now closed).

This book will definitely be a keeper for me!!

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 11:17 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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Thanks for the review Jeanne. Hampton Sides is an author I've wanted to read for awhile.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 1:32 PM ET
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I finished Blood and Thunder and even though parts of it were hard to read (emotionally), I learned so , so much about the Western states that I've been living in for the past 30 or so years and the people who played a big part in forming them! Yes, this book is definitely a keeper. I expect that my grandchildren will be reading this at some time.

My grandchildren also live here in Arizona and the oldest, who is in the 4th grade now, still hasn't been exposed to local history in the school. I took them to Tombstone this summer and they did not know about Wyatt Earp or the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. I was so surprised. So, I'm keeping this for them at least.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 8:36 PM ET
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I finally got around to reading Blood and Thunder (about 1/2 way through). Great book so far! Excellent narrative an very interesting info about Kit Carson, several Native American tribes, and James Polk.