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A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and The Claiming of The American West

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Between 1842 and 1854 John C. Fremont, renowned as the nineteenth century's greatest explorer, and Kit Carson, the legendary scout, boldly ventured into untamed territory to fulfill America's "manifest destiny". A Newer World tells the dramatic history of their campaigns and the repercussions that continue to haunt America.Drawing on little-known primary sources, as well a ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster
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A Newer World:Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and the Claiming of the American West / David Roberts. Read with Lee. Interesting juxtaposition of two significant figures in the nineteenth century effort to tame and conquer the West. Filled with details that flesh out and illuminate individual characters and events that were important to the times and our historical national character. Carson and Fremont worked together and apart; Carson comes out ahead in the contest for respect, but his actions wer ...more
The stories of John C. Fremont and Kit Carson are hardly clear or well documented. The bluster of Fremont (and his wife Jessie) and illiteracy of Carson leave many primary sources suspect and difficult to verify, and the legendary and ignominious reputations the two have held over the years make them as much mythological as historical.

David Roberts does an excellent job weighing the dichotomies that follow these controversial figures, and while his writing isn't as entertaining and gripping as I
Greg Goodrum
This is a short, fairly accessible introduction to two key figures in America's expansion to the west. While not a full life biography of either man, it promises exactly what the premise states; an comparison of these two men and their years spent together traveling across the west. This book paraphrases and draws heavily from previous biographies, and throughout often feels like a biographical comparison than any original research. However, Roberts is very fair in his treatment of both men and ...more
Enjoyed this fairly straightforward account of some significant mid-nineteenth century expeditions through parts of the American West. Positive and negative aspects of the personalities of Carson and Fremont, and those around them, are covered in the narrative which also includes modern day visits to the locations where the history was made. A good overview of the relationship between the two primary subjects, Carson and Fremont. An easy read for anyone interested in learning more about the peri ...more
Excellent five-star biography on both Kit Carson and John C. Frémont! There is also a little love story in her about Jessie Benton and John C. F. that makes for good reading. This book added to my gradual understanding of Kit Carson, who was a comic book hero, then a Native American killer, and now a man who only killed in defense (e.g. Native Americans who stole his horses). In fact, Kit Carson lived among the Native Americans, and he knew the friendly ones from the unfriendly ones. He was an a ...more
I usually don't read non- fiction but was intrigued by this book after a visit to the San Luis valley. It is a great read! I really enjoyed the pacing, insights, and reports on actual locations where historical events took place. As a hiker, I loved the descriptions of mountaineering and primitive camping.
Great book. Opening the America west was largely accomplished by this man with Kit Carson at his side. I am currently reading Blood and Thunder which considers these two explorers as well as the political and Native American sides. So far an excellent read.
Tom Darrow
Rather unremarkable. Breaks little new ground and, for the historians out there, is rather poorly and weakly researched.
Will Kastner
Excellent. History as it should be written.
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David Roberts is the author of seventeen 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 i
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