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A Savage Empire: Trappers, Traders, Tribes, and the Wars That Made America

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A surprising and sweeping history that reveals the fur trade to be the driving force behind conquest, colonization, and revolution in early America

Combining the epic saga of Hampton Sides's Blood and Thunder with the natural history of Mark Kurlansky's Cod, popular historian Alan Axelrod reveals the astonishingly vital role a small animal—the beaver—played in the cre
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ebook, 336 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Paul Pessolano
“A Savage Empire” by Alan Axelrod, published by Thomas Dunne Books.

Category – History

This book deserves two ratings. The first rating would be three stars, but only if you are a true history buff and are interested in this period of history. The second rating would be one star. The one star rating is due to the fact that this is a history book and reads like a history book. It is full of details, names, dates, and facts that most readers would have no interest in knowing.

However, if you are a tr
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Brian
Nov 22, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, concise coverage of the interaction between Europeans and Native Americans from initial contact through the beginning of the mountain man era. Axelrod was fair and defended his arguments well. The book reinforces in my mind again just how unfortunate the Native Americans were that the French lost their American empire to the English.
Scott Burrell
Dec 18, 2011 Scott Burrell rated it liked it
Interesting recounting of the geopolitical and military forces that influenced the exploration of North Ameria and the tensions and interactions between Europeans and Native Americans, but I had hoped for more background and information on the fur trade.
Brooks
Feb 10, 2012 Brooks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
History of the fronter of America and the Indian Wars. This is a huge swath of history and this just jumps around to different areas, not very focused.
Murray
Nov 21, 2012 Murray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but could probably use maps to make it easier to follow.
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