This book by Paul Andrew Hutton is well researched, engaging and an informative read. I read this book because I am interested in native american histThis book by Paul Andrew Hutton is well researched, engaging and an informative read. I read this book because I am interested in native american history in the american southwest. It is the first book by the author that I have read. The subtitle of the book "The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid and the Captive Boy who started the longest war in American History" pretty much covers the overall theme of the book. Mickey Free is the boy referred to above. The book covers the time period from the mid 1800's to the late 1800's as the United States tried to capture the various Apache tribes and confine them to reservations.
The major Apache players covered in the book include Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, Geronimo, Victorio, Lozen and the Apache Kid. It addresses why they were difficult to capture and when captured, why they were hard to confine to a reservation. It addresses their beliefs and concerns with changing their way of life.
On the other side, major roles were played by O.O. Howard, George Crook, Nelson Miles, Al Sieber, Tom Horn and Kit Carson.
The book also deals with Tom Jeffords and Mickey Free and their struggle to balance their lives between the two sides of the struggle.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in southwestern native american history.
I received a free copy of the book courtesy of Blogging for Books and Crown, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. I also posted it my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages....more
I decided to read this book as I have a keen interest in America history and have read a great deal about Lewis and Clark, but not about many of the oI decided to read this book as I have a keen interest in America history and have read a great deal about Lewis and Clark, but not about many of the other early explorers. This is the first book by Julie Fenster that I have read.
This book is very well researched and contains lots of information about the early explorers including Meriweather Lewis, William Clark, Zebulon Peak, Peter Custis, William Dunbar, Thomas Freeman, George Hunter and James Wilkinson.
The biggest challenge I had reading the book is the lack of organization on the subjects. I felt like I was reading about one explorer and then was quickly thrown into reading about another explorer with not true segue between the two. It was still an interesting read, but the zigs and zags made it a more difficult read than it needed to be.
I was provided with a free copy of this book by Blogging for Books Crown, the publisher. The expectation is that I will provide a review on Blogging for Books, Goodread, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my blog. I also copied it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an overview of the many men that Thomas Jefferson sent out to explore what was then the American West. I would recommend other books that provide more detail on these explorations for those looking for a more in-depth read.
I received a free kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Crown Publishing. It was with the understanding that I would write a review andI received a free kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Crown Publishing. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and post it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my blog. I also placed the review on my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I am interested in the lives of the presidents of the United States and their contributions to our country. This is the first book by Darrin Lunde that I have read.
This book is well written and engaging making it a quick read. Lunde uses several written passages by Roosevelt that he authored in books and articles that he wrote. The book focuses on Teddy's development of as a naturalist from a young boy until the conclusion of his trip to Africa after his presidency. Included are his trips to the western United States and his forays on Long Island and the Adirondacks. What was missing was his trip to South America. What I found most interesting about the book was that the President was well versed in taxidermy having developed the skill at a young age.
Some may find the book hard to read as what was considered a naturalist at that time is very different from today and the hunting of specimens may not be of interest to everyone. The author does address this in the book, but is a bit judgmental looking at it from today's perspective versus what was considered allowable at the time....more
I received a prepublication copy of this book (November 17, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog,I received a prepublication copy of this book (November 17, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages along with NetGalley, Amazon and Goodreads. This is the e-book release of an earlier publication. I requested this book because I am an avid reader about American history including the west. This is the first book by Fred Rosen that I have read.
This was a quick and interesting read. I learned a number of things about the California Gold Rush that I was not previously aware of. The author did a good job of tying it into the development of California, but was a little lax on tying it in to the development of the United States.
He also had a penchant for wandering away from the subject which, while interesting, did not add to the narrative. At the end of the book he digresses into very brief overviews of the Black Hills gold rush and the Nevada silver rush. Neither tied into the main theme of the book and read like last minute filler material.
Overall I would recommend this book to someone interested in learning more about the California Gold Rush only in that it is a quick read....more
I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date October 14, 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on thI received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date October 14, 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.).
I requested this book as I have an interest in American History. This is the first book by John Bicknell that I have read.
I found this book well written and researched. In addition, it was an interesting read about a time period that is often overlooked. I have read other books about this time period, but the focus has always been on the events that occured during James Polk's presidency and not the period immediately before he took office.
I particularly found the parts about John Tyler's attempts to gain a second term, Henry Clay's efforts to avoid losing votes and James Polk's tight rope walking to stay out of the fray very interesting. The author also wove in other events that contributed to the expansion of the United States such as the wagon trains to Oregon and California and the implementation of the telegraph.
The book also reinforced that politics is politics and that the manipulation to stay in power or gain power has changed little over the course of time with the exception of the tools that are used.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the events leading up to the Mexican War and the expansion of the United States. I also recommend it to those who are interested in following the course of politics and political manipulation in our country....more
I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date July 1 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their sI received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date July 1 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.).
I have read many books about the civil war and the key individuals involved, but this is the first one devoted to William Tecumseh Sherman. It is well written resulting in an easy and engrossing read. It also well documented with an extensive note section. This is the first book by the author that I have read, but based on this one I will be seeking out others that he has written.
Sherman was somewhat of a complicated character. He actually enjoyed being around people, was theatrical in his approach at times, opinionated, a bit of a rogue and stubborn. At the same time he struggled for control of his family and had a long memory when he felt he was slighted.
O'Connell takes a different approach from most biographies in that instead of one long interwoven narrative he has broken the life of "Old Billy" into three sections dealing with different facets of his character and interactions over the course of his life.
The first and lengthiest deals with his development as a military strategist. The second section deals with his interaction with his troops. The third section is devoted to his family relationships.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about William Tecumseh Sherman, his part in the Civil War and the his involvement in the opening of the west. ...more
Every year I try and read at least one book that is in some way related to the Lewis and Clark expedition. This year I chose this book by Peter StarkEvery year I try and read at least one book that is in some way related to the Lewis and Clark expedition. This year I chose this book by Peter Stark and I was not disappointed.
The book is well researched and is written in a style that makes it easy to read and understand. It covers the history of the United States expansion into the pacific northwest after Lewis and Clark and is divided into three parts: The Launch, The Journey and The Pacific Empire and War.
It starts with the background history on John Jacob Astor and his development into one of the financial titans of the early 19th century. His ability to recognize and seize opportunity is what led to his desire for the establishment of a fur trading operation in the pacific northwest. It expands into the journey of two different groups he financed. One by sea and the second by land and the difficulties that they each faced. Some due to environmental conditions and some due to weak leadership.
The land expedition was led by Wilson Price Hunt and through trial and error uncovered an easier route to the northwest than that used by Lewis and Clark. This passage become known as the Oregon Trail. The ocean group was led by Jonathan Thorn whose military experience made for an inflexible leader who did not heed the advice offered and created a number of needless difficult situations.
The books ends with the War of 1812 and the eventual compromise that led to the division of the northwest territory between the United States and England. The author also reveals what happened to those in the two parties that survived the events during this time period.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in what happened after Lewis and Clark ventured to the northwest or has an interest in the early history of the Pacific Northwest....more
This is an earlier work by Stephen E. Ambrose. It is not written in the easy to read, story telling style of his later works, but in a more detailed aThis is an earlier work by Stephen E. Ambrose. It is not written in the easy to read, story telling style of his later works, but in a more detailed and academic presentation. It is well documented with numerous notes including numerous map, photographs and drawings. The book is divided into four parts. Part One is about the early years for both men. It covers Custer's life from his upbringing as Autie in Ohio to his colorful years and graduation from West Point. It also covers Crazy Horse's development as Curly into a brave and leader within his tribe.
Part Two covers the gueriila warfare among the Oglalas and Custer's experience in the Civil War. It outlines the early leadership development and style of both individuals.
Part Three addresses the action on the plains and Custer's arrival in the west in the years immediately after the civil war. It addresses the battles, broken treaties and the truce that developed during this time.
Part Four deals with the years and circumstances leading up to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It includes the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, the Panic of 1873 and the political atmosphere at the time both in Washington and in the field. It also covers the events surrounding the death of Crazy Horse and wat happened to the other primary players in the events of that time - Sitting Bull, Libbie Custer, Major Reno, etc.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in american western history or the lives of Custer and/or Crazy Horse. A good companion read is The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick. ...more
I decided to read this book due to my interest in native american and american west history. This is the first book by Thomas Powers that I have read.I decided to read this book due to my interest in native american and american west history. This is the first book by Thomas Powers that I have read.
This is a very well researched book that covers the life of Crazy Horse in extreme detail. It makes it a challenging and exhausting read due to the author's focus on the details without making it compelling. He also has a tendency to be repetitive at times in different parts of the book.
This book is not for someone who is looking for an informative and easy to read writing style on the events of Crazy Horse's life....more