William Clark and the Shaping of the Westby Landon Y. Jones
Between 1803 and 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark cocaptained the most famous expedition in American history. But while Lewis ended his life just three years after the expedition, Clark, as the highest-ranking federal official in the West, spent three decades overseeing its consequences: Indian removal and the destruction of Native America. In a rare
Between 1803 and 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark cocaptained the most famous expedition in American history. But while Lewis ended his life just three years after the expedition, Clark, as the highest-ranking federal official in the West, spent three decades overseeing its consequences: Indian removal and the destruction of Native America. In a rare combination of storytelling and scholarship, bestselling author Landon Y. Jones vividly depicts Clark’s life and the dark and bloody ground of America’s early West, capturing the qualities of character and courage that made Clark an unequaled leader in America’s grander enterprise: the shaping of the West.
“A deeply researched, splendidly written biography.”—Owen Edwards, Smithsonian Magazine
“It was Clark, not Lewis, who nursed Sacagawea when she was ill and who later paid for her son’s education. It was Clark who wrote the misspelled entry—‘Ocian in view! O! The Joy!’—that so charmingly evokes the moment when their party finally sighted the Pacific. And it was Clark who enjoyed the more interesting life, as Landon Y. Jones makes clear.”—Mark Lewis, Washington Post
“Jones’ masterful biography brings to life the gritty and brutal existence of life on the American frontier.”—Kevin J. Hamilton, Seattle Times
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“William Clark and the Shaping of the West is engrossing history, the kind of book that is hard to set down.”—Peter Sleeth, Oregonian
“William Clark’s remarkable life story is told with color, panache and authority.”—Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Meet the Author
Landon Y. Jones was the managing editor of People magazine for eight years and wrote and edited for Life, Time, Money, and People for thirty-seven years. His books include Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation and The Essential Lewis and Clark. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Bozeman, Montana
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Overall, not a bad read. I think the author didn't spend enough time on the Lewis & Clark expedition. After Lewis dies the last third of the book seems to be more aboubt the travesity of how we treated the American Indian versus about Clark. The lasfgt part of the book seemed slow and I finished the book feeling i still didn't mknow Clark that well.
After reading 'Undaunted Courage' by Stephen E. Ambrose way back in 1997, I wondered what ever happened to Lewis's buddy Clark after Lewis committed suicide. Well, now the Clark biography is finally out! I learned about the most important Indian treaty in U.S. history, namely the 1795 Treaty of Greenville. The subsequent Indian treaties are mere follow-ups. The author only devotes 1 chapter to the famous Lewis & Clark journey, which is fine for those that already read 'Undaunted Courage' first. The author hops around a little with the timeline of events but it works out.
This is a great book for the Lewis and Clark fan or anyone. The author has searched sources I've never seen before and compiled some very interesting new facts about Clark and the times. He spins the whiskey-indians point a bit too much. Judging a society 200 years ago by today's standards. For example, instead of reporting the traders drank eight ounces of whiskey a day, he criticizes Clark for letting them take 12 gallons (!!!) for a half years trip.
The book is an excellent portrayal of a complex leader and a man who survived by killing and taking property from Indians directly or indirectly, his entire life. Clark was in the advance party that provided a map for the settlers to seize more land and take more lives during the creation of the nation known as the USA today. It is a sad,sad tragic story and part of a fabric of deceit that is the bedrock foundation of the USA, long overdue in its delineation but known intuitively to all but the most ignorant and naive patriots. It should be required reading for the 4th of July celebrations in a nation that champions freedom, and truth that it is built on theft, half-truths and murder. Nation building means death to the owners of land, overpowered by technology and outwitted by scheming invaders masquerading as friends. Clark shows his American character in this telling book.