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Perhaps Nathaniel Jones was naive. Or perhaps he underestimated the savagery of the frontier, a land very few had set eyes on, let alone survived. But as a newspaper reporter, he had a job to do.Little did Jones know, however, that as a special correspondent to General George Custer's military expedition, he would not only witness the conquest of the West, but would also ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Berkley
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Benjamin Thomas
Mar 01, 2012 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
Douglas Hirt isn't a super well-known writer but he does have a fair number of novels published. The is the second of his "Boomtown" novels, the first being Cripple Creek and as far as I know these are the only two in the set. I went into this thinking "Western" novel but it really reads more like a traditional historical novel; i.e. the typical western sterotype characters, diction, plotlines, etc. are not really there. Rather, it is much more of an historical account from one man's perspective ...more
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Douglas Hirt was born in Illinois, but heeding Horace Greeley's admonition to "Go west, young man", he headed to New Mexico at eighteen. Doug earned a Bachelor's degree from the College of Santa Fe and a Masters of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University. During this time he spent several summers living in a tent in the desert near Carlsbad, New Mexico, conducting biological baseline ...more
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