A Newer World: Kit Carson John C Fremont And The Claiming Of The American West

A Newer World: Kit Carson John C Fremont And The Claiming Of The American West

by David Roberts
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A Newer World: Kit Carson John C Fremont And The Claiming Of The American West by David Roberts

Between 1842 and 1854 John C. Frémont, renowned as the nineteenth century's greatest explorer, and Kit Carson, the legendary scout and Indian fighter, boldly ventured into untamed territory to fulfill America's "manifest destiny." Drawing on little-known primary sources, as well as his own travels through the lands Frémont and Carson explored, David Roberts re-creates their expeditions, second in significance only to those of Lewis and Clark. A Newer World is a harrowing narrative of hardship and adventure and a poignant reminder of the cultural tragedy that westward expansion inflicted on the Native American.

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ISBN-13: 9780684870212
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 01/16/2001
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 581,902
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and the Claiming of the American West 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a review of the book. The NOOK version does not contain any of the photographs from the print versions, nor does it contain the index. What a shame.
gigot More than 1 year ago
Fits well with the subject matter, Light on Kit Carson, But great on details and events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review Of: A Newer World A Newer World is a flashback into our nation's history taking place in the 1840’s during one of the most progressive eras of our countrys time. As the book focuses on the experiences and journeys of two men by the names of John C. Fremont, a man a knowledge in exploration. The other man being Christopher Houston Carson or Kit Carson, a mountain man and frontiersman. Together they form a successful pair in their ventures together. David Roberts (author) narrates the first hand experiences these men wrote about on their four expeditions they journeyed on. As Well as accounts and experiences of the many other men that were a part of these expeditions. All in an effort to explore previously unfamiliar area out west in the new world. The biggest theme that is consistent throughout the whole book would be the idea of Manifest Destiny. Among other minor themes and messages this happens to be the most influential theme in the book. As the young nation and its advocates try to reach new heights and conquer more ground. Personally I enjoyed the first hand accounts of the men involved in the journeys. Direct quotes and passages from the journal entries taken. Giving an inside look into the minds of explorers. If I were to recommend this read I would say history buffs would enjoy, or anyone who enjoys real life adventures. It comes of as a bit slow but holds exciting stories and accounts of all sorts of situations. I would not recommend if you aren't interested in autobiographies or pre- American history. This book sheds light on important discoveries that aren't always mentioned in the history books so if you are looking for a fun exciting story of hardships, danger, and success then definitely pick up a copy. I myself usually don't read biographies so if not for my assignment requirements I most likely wouldn't have read this book. That really being my only dislike. This could most definitely make it to the big screen although it may take a little Hollywood excitement to appeal to this fast paced society. Roberts writing style in this Novel can be described as a descriptive narration. Proving to be perfect for this subject because it allows a sense of imagery to the reader. Making the read much more understanding. On a scale from 1-10 I rate this book a 7, because although it was a little slow at times I enjoy the history involved and appreciate adventure tales! Whether you are looking for a new read or something to teach the class this book could prove useful and entertaining.
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