Jim Bridger - Mountain Man [NOOK Book]

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JIM BRIDGER- MOUNTAIN MAN: A BIOGRAPHY by STANLEY VESTAL. Contents include: PREFACE ix PART 1 TRAPPER I ENTERPRISING YOUNG MAN 1 II. SET POLES FOR THE MOUNTAINS 8 HI. HIVERNAN 21 IV. THE MISSOURI LEGION 28 V. HUGH GLASS AND THE GRIZZLY 40 PART 3 BOOSHWAY VI. BLANKET CHIEF 57 VIL THE BATTLE OF PIERRE S HOLE 69 VHI. SHOT IN THE BACK 86 IX. DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST 95 X. ARROW BUTCHERED OUT 105 XL OLD GABE TO THE RESCUE 112 XII. INJUN SCRAPES 119 XIII. THE LAST RENDEZVOUS 132 vii mil CONTENTS PART 3 TRADER XTV. FORT ...
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JIM BRIDGER- MOUNTAIN MAN: A BIOGRAPHY by STANLEY VESTAL. Contents include: PREFACE ix PART 1 TRAPPER I ENTERPRISING YOUNG MAN 1 II. SET POLES FOR THE MOUNTAINS 8 HI. HIVERNAN 21 IV. THE MISSOURI LEGION 28 V. HUGH GLASS AND THE GRIZZLY 40 PART 3 BOOSHWAY VI. BLANKET CHIEF 57 VIL THE BATTLE OF PIERRE S HOLE 69 VHI. SHOT IN THE BACK 86 IX. DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST 95 X. ARROW BUTCHERED OUT 105 XL OLD GABE TO THE RESCUE 112 XII. INJUN SCRAPES 119 XIII. THE LAST RENDEZVOUS 132 vii mil CONTENTS PART 3 TRADER XTV. FORT BRIDGER 142 XV. MILK RIVER . 154 XVI. THE OVERLAND TRAIL 162 XVH. THE TREATY AT LARAMIE 168 XVm. THE SAINTS RAID FORT BRIDGER 182 PART 4, GUIDE XIX. SIR GEORGE GORE 192 XX. THE MARCH SOUTH 199 XXI. TALL TALES 206 PART 5 CHIEF OF SCOUTS XXII. THE POWDER RIVER EXPEDITION 220 XXHI. RED CLOUD S DEFIANCE 241 XXIV. THE CHEYENNES WARNING 249 XXV. BLOODY JUNKET 258 XXVI. FORT PHIL KEARNEY 268 XXVEL AMBUSH 278 XXVttL MASSACRE 284 XXIX. THE END OF THE TRAIL 295 APPENDIX 301 INDEX PREFACE EVER since tlie days when, as a boy, I raced Indian ponies and swam in a Western river with the Cheyenne lads, I have felt the lack of a satisfying portrait of Jim Bridger. The intervening years permitted much research, but somehow the books about Bridger never seemed to do him justice. In his own time he was a legend, and since his death historians have been content for the most part merely to pile up facts around these retold incidents. There has been no adequate biog raphy to bring the man to life. quot Few men have beenjso misrepresented. On the one hand, he was represented in fiction and on the screen as a drunken, loutish polygamist and liar, in a carica ture so monstrous that his outraged relatives brought suit to recover damages. The court ruled that no one could confuse this caricature with the real Jim Bridger, and denied the suit. On the other hand, Jim Bridger s real achievements have been ignored or neglected by writers, who have tried to rep resent him as an Injun fighter with aE the dash and daring of Kit Carson, as a wag with all the wit and love of fun of Joe Meek, or as a crusty, ignorant hillbilly, unable to hold his own in the society of civilized men...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446547892
  • Publisher: Read Books Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 220,748
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    split decision

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    A new (to me) perspective on a very special mountain man

    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.

    Good reading

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    If you like history of the old west this book is pretty darn good. i am happy to have the book and even bought a copy for a friend.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Rose

    Hmmm. Intresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Liam

    Actually, l still fon't remember what happenef. So yeah.

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