By Robert Morgan
From Thomas Jefferson’s beginning in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America’s take place future involves existence in Robert Morgan’s expert fingers. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. may stretch around the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of ways that dream turned truth unfolds within the tales of Jefferson and 9 different american citizens whose adventurous spirits and lust for land driven the westward limitations: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James okay. Polk, Winfield Scott, package Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was once matched simply through that in their enemies—the Mexican military below Santa Anna on the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself.
Known additionally for his strong fiction (Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan makes use of his ability at characterization to offer existence to the personalities of those ten american citizens with out whom the us could good have ended on the Arkansas border. Their stories—and these of the anonymous hundreds of thousands who risked their lives to decide on the frontier, displacing hundreds of thousands of local Americans—form a unprecedented bankruptcy in American background that led on to the cataclysm of the Civil War.
With illustrations, photos, maps, conflict plans, appendixes, notes, and time traces, Lions of the West is a richly authoritative biography of the USA as compelling as a grand novel.