The Course of Empire

The Course of Empire

by Bernard DeVoto
     
 

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Tracing North American Exploration from Balboa to Lewis and Clark, Devoto tells in a classic fashion how the drama of discovery defined the American nation. The Course of Empire is the third volume in historian Bernard Devoto’s monumental trilogy of the West. Entertaining and incisive, this is the dramatic story of three hundred years of exploration of North

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Tracing North American Exploration from Balboa to Lewis and Clark, Devoto tells in a classic fashion how the drama of discovery defined the American nation. The Course of Empire is the third volume in historian Bernard Devoto’s monumental trilogy of the West. Entertaining and incisive, this is the dramatic story of three hundred years of exploration of North America leading up to 1805.

Editorial Reviews

Bill Croke
...[T[he national literacy of the pre-television era demanded lucid prose and a good story....[P]rovides a comprehensive look at the major explorations of the North American continent.
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Library Journal
DeVoto won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his series on the settling of the American West. The Course of the Empire traces the history of North America over a period of 278 years. Across the Wide Missouri, however, is more narrowly focused, covering specifically the importance of the fur trade of the early 1800s. Both are solid histories for public and academic libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395924983
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
506,577
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.66(d)

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Wallace Stegner
The whole story of the West as frontier, as dream and discovery, exploration and confrontation…[The Course of Empire is] monumental, massive, grandly conceived and beautifully controlled, a history of the West as imagination and reality and realization.

Meet the Author

Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country's greatest men of letters.

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