Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men [NOOK Book]

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For over thirty years, from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s, the mountain men explored the Great American West. As trappers in a hostile, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who followed them. In Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Win Blevins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless "first Westerners" and their incredible adventures. Here, among many, are the stories of:* John Colter, who, in 1808, naked and without weapons or food, escaped ...
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Overview


For over thirty years, from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s, the mountain men explored the Great American West. As trappers in a hostile, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who followed them. In Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Win Blevins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless "first Westerners" and their incredible adventures. Here, among many, are the stories of:* John Colter, who, in 1808, naked and without weapons or food, escaped captivity by the Blackfeet and ran and walked 250 miles to Fort Lisa at the mouth of the Yellowstone River;* Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a grizzly in 1823, left for dead by his trapper companions, and crawled 300 miles to Fort Kiowa on the Missouri; * Kit Carson, who ran away from home at age 17, became a legendary mountain man in his 20s and served as scout and guide for John C. Fremont's westward explorations of the 1840s;* Jedediah Smith, a tall, gaunt, Bible-reading New Yorker whose trapping expeditions ranged from the Rockies to California and who was killed by Comanches on the Cimarron in 1831.

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Kirkus Reviews
Western novelist Blevins (Ravenshadow, 1999, etc.) spins robust, theatrical and mostly true tales of early-19th-century American mountain men. He comes at the stories with gusto, dramatizing to a certain extent these frontiersmen's fantastic experiences, from the exploits of John Colter in 1808 to Kit Carson's legendary work as John C. Fremont's scout during the 1840s. Along the upper Missouri River, Colter ran afoul of some Blackfeet Indians, who stripped him of his clothes and told him to run. Stark naked, with nothing but his hands to gather food, he managed to make his way hundreds of miles to Fort Lisa on the Yellowstone. Blevins follows up that opening chapter with the equally mind-boggling saga of Hugh Glass, torn to shreds by a grizzly bear and left in the hands of two reluctant young caregivers who were annoyed when he didn't die quickly. After they abandoned him, taking his rifle and supplies, he crawled and stumbled for 250 miles to Fort Kiowa. Blevins colorfully profiles several other hardy adventurers, including hardcore wanderer Jedediah Smith-men for whom it was natural when departing each other's company to talk of a rendezvous two years down the line. Yet he dismisses the notion that they were vagabonding reprobates, pointing to their varied business interests. The author also unsnarls the competing agendas of the various fur-collecting agencies and ponders the sexual mores of natives and trappers. Most gratifyingly, he evokes the glories of the mountain men's geography: the natural wonders they described from the Missouri River to the Sierra Nevada to the sere Southwest. Wilderness stories that will leave you agape and agog.
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Praise for Give Your Heart to the Hawks:"It was an epic time, which lasted hardly more than a third of a century before civilization swarmed west on trails the mountain men had blazed. Now Blevins sees they are paid the awed honor that is due them, in a book which has the drama and suspense of a novel."—Los Angeles Times

"No one since the great A. B. Guthrie, Jr., has a better feel for the world of the mountain man."—Don Coldsmith

"For the lover of the early West, it is good entertainment... with lots of color, suspense and excitement."—The Denver Post

Praise for the Rendezvous Series:

"A rousing installment in a fine epic of the American frontier."—Publishers Weekly on Beauty for Ashes

"The glory years of frontier life, fresh and rich. "—Kirkus Reviews on Beauty for Ashes

"[An] entertaining, vivid portrait of frontier America as seen through the eyes of an impressionable youth."—Booklist on So Wild A Dream

"So Wild a Dream is a fabulous beginning of what promises to become a classic series that will be on college reading lists in history classes studying the fur trade era."—Roundup Magazine

Don Coldsmith
"No one since the great A. B. Guthrie, Jr., has a better feel for the world of the mountain man."
Los Angeles Times
"The drama and suspense of a novel...A lyrically written celebration of the lifestyle and the still astonishing deeds of the Mountain Men."
The Denver Post
"For the lover of the early West, it is good entertainment...with lots of color, suspense and excitement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466803381
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 102,056
  • File size: 511 KB

Meet the Author


Win Blevins is the author of a dozen novels, several volumes of informal history, and Dictionary of the American West. Among his awards: In 2003 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named him Writer of the Year, Stone Song, won the a Spur Award and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Fiction. Win's his first novel in the Forge "Rendezvous" series, So Wild a Dream, won the Spur award for Best Novel of the West in 2004.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
Preface 17
I The First Mountain Man 21
Interlude 1 The Great American Desert 35
II Mountain Skill, Mountain Luck 38
Interlude 2 The Trapper and Trapping 59
III Falstaff's Battalion 63
Interlude 3 Yarning 90
IV Quest for Buenaventura 110
Interlude 4 Rendezvous 135
V Starvin'Times 139
Interlude 5 The Buffalo-Cuisine Premiere 160
VI Rescue in Californy 165
Interlude 6 Mountain Craft 187
VII A Choice of Allegiance 191
Interlude 7 Mountain Mating 213
VIII War in the Mountains 218
Interlude 8 Exploration of the West 251
IX Invasion 255
Interlude 9 Trappers and Indians 289
X Alpenglow 294
Appendix A Chronology of the Fur Trade 305
Appendix B Glossary 311
Notes 317
Bibliography 325
Index 329
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  • Posted April 28, 2014

    Great Book

    A superb fictionalized account of real life characters in history. I highly recommend all of Win Blevin's books. He has a great writing style that is heavily character based. You learn about the Fur Trade Era through compelling story and narrative. This current format of this title is really a nice size and look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    the best book about the mountain men

    This book is an amazingly vivid and dramatic recreation of the adventures of the first white Americans to go West, the mountain men. Blevins retells the old stories wonderfully for a contemporary audience. His research is broad and deep, his understanding of the time and place impeccable. History brought to vital life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    Why do we forget?

    Mr. Blevins does a ¿fair¿ job of portraying the 'mountain man' era. However, it becomes apparent from the bibliographies his 'research' rarely went beyond similar books published before the 1940's. In doing so he inadvertently missed much of what was abundantly written in the 1800¿s by the actual explorers themselves. ¿Lakeside Classics' has an excellent series of mountain men era 'reprints' of rare narratives written by those 'who were there.' As well intentioned as Mr. Blevins' book is, he missed a lot of 'flavor' by not delving further into the history of the mountain men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Outstanding account of early Mountain Men

    Exciting and spellbinding account of early Rocky Mountain exploration. Very factual account of the early indians and their way of life.

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