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Beyond the Land of Gold: The Life and Times of Perry A. Burgess

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Highly Recommended- you must read!

    I enjoy American history, so when I heard about this book I knew I had to have it. I was right. I couldn't put it down. It is an excellent gift idea for any U.S. History buff. Perry Burgess lived a very interesting life to say the least. I enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Makes American history come alive!

    This biography is aimed at American frontier history buffs, geneology fans, and those interested in the history of the Latter Day Saints. I am none of these. In fact, my major connection is that Perry Burgess was a founder of Steamboat Springs,CO, where my family loves to ski! But Perry Burgess was an American original whose life is a fascinating account of the opening of the American West, the struggle to accomodate to native peoples, the rush to find gold,and the migrations of thousands of Mormons to Western states.

    The book traces Perry's DNA back to Haverill, MA, at the opening of the seventeeth century, follows his ancestors as they become Mormons, are forced to migrate westward, until we finally encounter a young Perry riding to Colorado and later on the Bozeman Trail in search of gold. He kept a detailed diary of all he saw and experienced. His writing is funny, opinionated, and passionate--this man knows that the pristine landscapes he is seeing cannot last long, so he captures them for us.

    If your knowledge of American history in the West is shaped by John Wayne movies, you will want to read this book--Perry Burgess was a man who lived a very large life and he can take you with him hunting and prospecting as you read this carefully researched biography.

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    Posted November 8, 2010

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