A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America

A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America

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by Jon Kukla
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375707611

ISBN-13: 9780375707612

Pub. Date: 08/10/2004

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In A Wilderness so Immense, historian Jon Kukla recounts the fascinating tale of the personal maneuverings, political posturing, and international intrigue that culminated in the greatest land deal in history. Spanning nearly two decades, Kukla’s book brings to life a pageant of characters from Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Jay, to

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In A Wilderness so Immense, historian Jon Kukla recounts the fascinating tale of the personal maneuverings, political posturing, and international intrigue that culminated in the greatest land deal in history. Spanning nearly two decades, Kukla’s book brings to life a pageant of characters from Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Jay, to Napoleon and Carlos III of Spain and other colorful figures.

Employing letters, memoirs, contemporary documents, and a host of other sources, Kukla creates a complete and compelling account of the Louisiana Purchase. From the hinterlands in Kentucky to the courts of Spain, France, and England to the halls of Congress, he re-creates the forces and personalities that turned a struggle for navigation rights on the Mississippi into an event that doubled the size of the country and altered the destiny of the United States forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375707612
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,365,643
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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PubliusAZ More than 1 year ago
This book was given me by a friend with whom I regularly exchange books and was a wonderful read. I came away with a great sense of appreciation for the role played by those early families who pushed into Kentucky and the "west" in keeping the Mississippi under American control, especially in light of the difficulties presented by the New England states wherein the notion of secession first arose. The book is a fascinating, entertaining and educational read on a diplomatic coup about which most of us really know very little.