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Lions of the West

Hardback, 496 pages
ISBN: 9781565126268 (1565126262)
Published by Algonquin Books
$29.95(US)

about Lions of the West

From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America’s westward expansion comes to life in the hands of a writer fascinated by the way individual lives link up, illuminate one another, and collectively impact history.

Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the North American 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 stories—and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thou- sands of Native Americans—form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War. Filled with illustrations, portraits, maps, battle plans, notes, and time lines, Lions of the West is a richly authoritative biography of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny.
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about Robert Morgan

A native of the North Carolina mountains, Robert Morgan was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors. A poet and biographer as well as a novelist, he is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is a Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University. His website is www.robert-morgan.com.


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