Across the Wide Missouri

Across the Wide Missouri

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by Bernard DeVoto
     
 

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Across the Wide Missouri tells the compelling story of the climax and decline of the Rocky Mountain fur trade during the 1830s. More than a history, it portrays the mountain fur trade as a way of business and a way of life, vividly illustrating how it shaped the expansion of the American West.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Across the Wide Missouri tells the compelling story of the climax and decline of the Rocky Mountain fur trade during the 1830s. More than a history, it portrays the mountain fur trade as a way of business and a way of life, vividly illustrating how it shaped the expansion of the American West.

Editorial Reviews

Bill Croke
...[T]he crowning chievement of DeVoto's device can be seen in his magisterial Across the Wide Missouri....[a] Pulitzer-Prize winner...
The Weekly Standard
Library Journal
DeVoto won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his series on the settling of the American West. The Course of the Empire traces the history of North America over a period of 278 years. Across the Wide Missouri, however, is more narrowly focused, covering specifically the importance of the fur trade of the early 1800s. Both are solid histories for public and academic libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395924976
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
None
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
471,481
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country's greatest men of letters.

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Across the Wide Missouri 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
De Vore builds a history of the Western US by following the personal chronicals of fur traders and the people who associated with them. Follow the most dangerous and adventuresome explorers of the Western US as they blaze a trail through every major event in Western American History. The documentation is elaborate with personal accounts, both amusing and insightful. This book is as close to knowing what it really was like during the West's expansion era as a historical accuracy could permit. De Vore uses a keen use of historical research to develop an unforgetable investigative style. If it is any indication of how good the book is when the book borrowed never gets returned, then know this is a must for an early Western History buff, or for those curious about the American Indian contact with early explorers of the West.
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