The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West
  • The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West
  • The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West

The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West

by Robert Wilson
     
 

In the 1800s, the young Clarence King was an icon of the new America: a man of adventure and intellect, a flash-in-the-pan celebrity who combined science and exploration with romanticism and charm. Robert Wilson’s biography, The Explorer King, vividly depicts King’s daredevil feats including his journey to the highest peak of the

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In the 1800s, the young Clarence King was an icon of the new America: a man of adventure and intellect, a flash-in-the-pan celebrity who combined science and exploration with romanticism and charm. Robert Wilson’s biography, The Explorer King, vividly depicts King’s daredevil feats including his journey to the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, and uncovers the reasons for the shocking decline he suffered after his days on the American frontier.

Through King’s own rollicking tales, some true, some embroidered, of scaling previously unclimbed mountain peaks, of surviving a monster blizzard near Yosemite, of escaping ambush and capture by Indians, of being chased on horseback for two days by angry bandits, Robert Wilson offers a powerful combination of adventure, history, and nature writing, he also provides the bigger picture of the West at this time. Ultimately, King himself would come to symbolize the collision of science and business, one of the sources of his downfall. Fascinating and extensive, The Explorer King movingly portrays the America of the nineteenth century and the man who—for better or worse—typified the soul of the era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743260251
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Little White House     1
Going West     17
Alone Together     21
A Scientific Education     41
Crossing the Continent     61
Into the Field     77
The Highest Peaks     95
Man of Action     97
The Top of California     113
Tall Tales     135
Geologist in Charge     159
Making the Leap     163
Strong Men     177
The Fortieth Parallel     195
Between Missouri and Hell     197
Rising in the Sagebrush     219
Pretty Crystals     235
Epilogue: Change or Die     255
Bibliography     265
Notes     269
Photo Credits     287
Acknowledgments     289
Index     291

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