Men to Match My Mountains: The Momental Saga of the Winning of America's Far West

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Our most acclaimed author of biographical and historical fiction has turned his magnificent talent to telling America's most colorful and exciting story-the opening of the Far West. Men to Match My Mountains is a true historical masterpiece, an unforgettable pageant of giants-men like John Sutter, whose dream of paradise was shattered by the California Gold Rush; Brigham Young and the Mormons who tamed the desert with Bible texts; and the silver kings and the miners who developed Nevada's Comstock Lode and ...
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Overview

Our most acclaimed author of biographical and historical fiction has turned his magnificent talent to telling America's most colorful and exciting story-the opening of the Far West. Men to Match My Mountains is a true historical masterpiece, an unforgettable pageant of giants-men like John Sutter, whose dream of paradise was shattered by the California Gold Rush; Brigham Young and the Mormons who tamed the desert with Bible texts; and the silver kings and the miners who developed Nevada's Comstock Lode and settled the Rockies. America called for greatness ... and got it. There is nothing else in history to match the stories of these men who braved a wilderness to bring a new nation to the shores of the Pacific.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425105443
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1987
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 184,930
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Stone was born in San Francisco on July 14, 1903. He wrote several books in a genre that he coined the “biographical novel,” which recounted the lives of well-known historical figures. In these novels, Stone interspersed biography with fictional narrative on the psychology and private lives of his subjects. He also wrote biographies of Clarence Darrow and Earl Warren, and short biographies of men who lost presidential elections. He died on August 26, 1989.

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Table of Contents

Book 1 Revolt in Paradise
I The Time, the Place, the Cast 3
II One Man Wants a Wilderness ... 4
III A Good Soldier Is Embarrassed 8
IV Heroic Frauds, or None at All 11
V An Honest Scoundrel Thickens the Plot 15
VI The Time of Action Begins 18
Book 2 The Opening of a Land
I John Sutter Takes the Big Plunge 25
II "The state of society is exceedingly loose" 29
III "The difficulty of coming here is imaginary" 32
IV Schoolteacher Bidwell Lands in Jail 37
V A Fort Plays Host 40
VI The Scene Shifts to Colorado, "a Legal Fiction" 42
VII "There is no man to whom I owe as much as Fremont" 46
VIII Commodore Jones Goes out on a Yardarm 48
IX [pound]1,000,000 to Drive out the Americans 51
X Wagons? Impossible! 54
XI The Men Match the Mountains 57
XII Larkin Becomes Consul with a Gold-headed Cane 60
XIII Seed Wheat of the Western Migration 64
XIV A Democratic Army, Out for No Good 68
XV The Rugged Individualist Train 73
XVI "Why is Captain Fremont here?" 77
XVII Confidential Agent 82
XVIII Paradise Grows a Trifle Ugly 88
XIX "There's that damned flag again!" 94
XX Armed Conflict 98
XXI The Furies Pour Their Pent-up Vengeance 104
XXII "It is enough. This is the right place." 116
XXIII A Curse Is Removed, San Francisco Is Born 123
XXIV "It's GOLD!" 128
Book 3 Color in a Country
I "A frenzy seized my soul" 133
II It's as Easy to Find Gold as Steal It 138
III What Gambler Ever Refused to Play? 143
IV Dedicated Saints 148
V Give Colorado Back to the Indians 151
VI The Men Do Not Match the Mountains 152
VII "How do we get to the gold?" 158
VIII New States for the Union 164
IX Death Valley Earns Its Name 170
X Nevada and Colorado Show Their Color 176
XI Gold and Mormonism Settle a Land 181
XII Rise of the Vigilantes 185
XIII The Glory of Polygamy 189
XIV Enterprising and Excitable Young Men 193
XV For Los Angeles, Neither Boom Nor Bust 200
XVI "Don't shoot, I am unarmed!" 204
XVII "You have struck it, boys!" 209
XVIII The Mountain Meadows Massacre 217
XIX "There is gold in Colorado. We saw it ourselves!" 225
Book 4 The Building of a Civilization
I Pike's Peak or Bust! 235
II "Crazy" Judah and the Big Four 243
III The Civil War Makes Its Way West 249
IV The Comstock Has as Many Troubles as It Has Prospectors 254
V You Have to Get Up Early to Beat Brigham Young 261
VI Inside the "Twin Relic of Barbarism" 270
VII ... With Presses Ready at the Drop of a Frontier 277
VIII "They built the Great Wall of China, didn't they?" 283
IX The Saturnalia of Virginia City 290
X Billy Ralston's "crackling, pleasure-loving town" 298
XI Manana Land Gets Itself Subdivided 305
XII The Sweatbox of Ralston's Ring 312
XIII The Saints War with the Gentile Merchants 324
XIV It Is Hard for a Land to Be Born 333
XV A Polished Laurel Tie, and a Solid Gold Spike 347
Book 5 Giants Stalk the Land
I The Tiger and the Octopus 355
II Four Miles to the Mineral Belt 366
III Four Irishmen Become Silver Kings 373
IV A Run on the Bank 380
V Nevada Cycle of Life and Death 389
VI "Only force can settle the Mormon problem" 399
VII For Brigham Young, Time Runs Out 412
VIII Colorado Is a Character 424
IX "Come provided with a pair of navy revolvers" 435
X Baby Doe Finds H.A.W. Tabor 442
XI The Climate Is Perfection ... 450
XII They suffered; they wept; sometimes they died ... 455
Book 6 An Era Ends, a New Story Begins
I Southern California Has Its Eighty-Seveners 469
II The Southern Pacific Loses Its Fence 477
III "This sure is some Cripple Creek!" 481
IV H.A.W. Tabor Completes His Cycle 491
V The Saints Come to Judgment Day 497
VI Utah, Forty-fifth State 504
VII The Rose of Sharon 512
VIII The Far West Sits for Its Portrait 519
IX The Time, the Place, the Cast 526
Acknowledgments and Bibliography 527
Source of Quotations 537
Index 551
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    A fantastic foundation of Western knowledge

    An exceptional work. You will have a profound appreciation for the founding of the west and an understanding that manifest destiny was carried out through lust for precious metals and men relentlessly matching mountains. Long read, but stick with it. Interesting themes to look for include the role played by Congress throughout and the rise of simple men to the peaks of said mountains only to fall from their precipice due to pride.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    A must read

    Anyone interested in details of what and who drove the West must read this enlightening and entertaining work. To learn about the women's role later in time check out the Harvey Girls.

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