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

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

by Irving Stone


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Acclaimed author of biographical and historical fiction Irving Stone turns 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 in history to match the stories of these men who braved wilderness to bring new nation to the shores of the Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425105443
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1987
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 233,200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Book 1Revolt in Paradise
IThe Time, the Place, the Cast3
IIOne Man Wants a Wilderness ...4
IIIA Good Soldier Is Embarrassed8
IVHeroic Frauds, or None at All11
VAn Honest Scoundrel Thickens the Plot15
VIThe Time of Action Begins18
Book 2The Opening of a Land
IJohn Sutter Takes the Big Plunge25
II"The state of society is exceedingly loose"29
III"The difficulty of coming here is imaginary"32
IVSchoolteacher Bidwell Lands in Jail37
VA Fort Plays Host40
VIThe Scene Shifts to Colorado, "a Legal Fiction"42
VII"There is no man to whom I owe as much as Fremont"46
VIIICommodore Jones Goes out on a Yardarm48
IX[pound]1,000,000 to Drive out the Americans51
XWagons? Impossible!54
XIThe Men Match the Mountains57
XIILarkin Becomes Consul with a Gold-headed Cane60
XIIISeed Wheat of the Western Migration64
XIVA Democratic Army, Out for No Good68
XVThe Rugged Individualist Train73
XVI"Why is Captain Fremont here?"77
XVIIConfidential Agent82
XVIIIParadise Grows a Trifle Ugly88
XIX"There's that damned flag again!"94
XXArmed Conflict98
XXIThe Furies Pour Their Pent-up Vengeance104
XXII"It is enough. This is the right place."116
XXIIIA Curse Is Removed, San Francisco Is Born123
XXIV"It's GOLD!"128
Book 3Color in a Country
I"A frenzy seized my soul"133
IIIt's as Easy to Find Gold as Steal It138
IIIWhat Gambler Ever Refused to Play?143
IVDedicated Saints148
VGive Colorado Back to the Indians151
VIThe Men Do Not Match the Mountains152
VII"How do we get to the gold?"158
VIIINew States for the Union164
IXDeath Valley Earns Its Name170
XNevada and Colorado Show Their Color176
XIGold and Mormonism Settle a Land181
XIIRise of the Vigilantes185
XIIIThe Glory of Polygamy189
XIVEnterprising and Excitable Young Men193
XVFor Los Angeles, Neither Boom Nor Bust200
XVI"Don't shoot, I am unarmed!"204
XVII"You have struck it, boys!"209
XVIIIThe Mountain Meadows Massacre217
XIX"There is gold in Colorado. We saw it ourselves!"225
Book 4The Building of a Civilization
IPike's Peak or Bust!235
II"Crazy" Judah and the Big Four243
IIIThe Civil War Makes Its Way West249
IVThe Comstock Has as Many Troubles as It Has Prospectors254
VYou Have to Get Up Early to Beat Brigham Young261
VIInside the "Twin Relic of Barbarism"270
VII... With Presses Ready at the Drop of a Frontier277
VIII"They built the Great Wall of China, didn't they?"283
IXThe Saturnalia of Virginia City290
XBilly Ralston's "crackling, pleasure-loving town"298
XIManana Land Gets Itself Subdivided305
XIIThe Sweatbox of Ralston's Ring312
XIIIThe Saints War with the Gentile Merchants324
XIVIt Is Hard for a Land to Be Born333
XVA Polished Laurel Tie, and a Solid Gold Spike347
Book 5Giants Stalk the Land
IThe Tiger and the Octopus355
IIFour Miles to the Mineral Belt366
IIIFour Irishmen Become Silver Kings373
IVA Run on the Bank380
VNevada Cycle of Life and Death389
VI"Only force can settle the Mormon problem"399
VIIFor Brigham Young, Time Runs Out412
VIIIColorado Is a Character424
IX"Come provided with a pair of navy revolvers"435
XBaby Doe Finds H.A.W. Tabor442
XIThe Climate Is Perfection ...450
XIIThey suffered; they wept; sometimes they died ...455
Book 6An Era Ends, a New Story Begins
ISouthern California Has Its Eighty-Seveners469
IIThe Southern Pacific Loses Its Fence477
III"This sure is some Cripple Creek!"481
IVH.A.W. Tabor Completes His Cycle491
VThe Saints Come to Judgment Day497
VIUtah, Forty-fifth State504
VIIThe Rose of Sharon512
VIIIThe Far West Sits for Its Portrait519
IXThe Time, the Place, the Cast526
Acknowledgments and Bibliography527
Source of Quotations537

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Men to Match My Mountains: The Momental Saga of the Winning of America's Far West 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
elsyd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably the biggest, most academic, history book I have read. It is without doubt one of my favorite books. It reads like a novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Lepen More than 1 year ago
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.