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Posted August 21, 2008
I will first say that this is a good read for anyone interested in the Hero named Bridger or settling the west. Vestal does a good job in portraying Bridger as the incredible man he was. But I also came away with a couple of concerns. Most importantly I went away taking the 'facts' with a grain of salt. On page 128 there is a description of a painting, with reference to the name and artist of the painting. However, Mr Vestal somehow not only references the wrong name for the painting (though the two names of these similar paintings are almost identical) but he references John Mix Stanley as the artist. Mr. Stanley is not the painter of either the painting Vestal describes or the painting to which name he references. Having found this glaring mistake, my mind was left to second guess the validity of much of the other research. The two other concerns are much smaller in nature. One: Vestal continually plays every story into Bridger's favor, but of course he would - he is writing a biography about his hero. And two: Vestal only make passing comments concerning Jim's family until suddenly on the last two pages there are constant references to the family. Leaving one rather confused as to how many times Jim was married, how many children of what sex he had and so on. But in the end, i would recommend this book to anyone - along with the above concerns of course.
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Posted February 21, 2010
Mountain men would have made good navy seals. The book tells of their life and death struggles and way of life Many of the stories they told were thought by men they guided as tall tales, but today we know if anything they were modest. Stories of Yellow Stone Park, the 60 to 80 mph winds of the Rockies Blizzards with sub zero weather and many other wonders of the west. Fairly fast moving, even for a younger reader.
To top it off a well qualified author with an eye for detail, but selectively so. A lot of ground is covered.
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Posted February 10, 2014
written about 1946 its takes a little time to get used to the writers cadence, style and language. Once past this and the occassional bad day at the typewriter for the author ( early in the book) i think the old west history buff will really like it...... this is one of the books i would read again in a couple years i enjoyed it that much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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