Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West


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Sides's extraordinary book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to ringing life. It is a tale with many heroes and villains, and at the center of it all stands the remarkable figure of Kit Carson--the legendary trapper, scout, and soldier who embodies all the contradictions and ambiguities of the American experience in the West.

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Howard K

Mar 8, 2016

Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides

Really enjoyed the book! I have read many books on the settling of the West and this book rates as the best for information and facts that many books skip over. Absolutely a great read! It will stay in my library unlike many books that I throw or give away.

Linda A

Jun 27, 2013

Perfect gift

My brother loves to read westerns,that's why I purchased the book...asked him about it the other day...been to busy to start it.

Cheryl P

Apr 14, 2011

Absolutely Fabulous!

This book makes the the history of the West so alive, it's descriptions make you feel like you were there. An absolute joy to read, I'm just about done and can't wait to read it again.


Oct 23, 2008

Kit Carson Biography

This is an excellent history of United States in the west and the southwest during the conquest of Mexico and the Navajo Indians. It centers on Christopher "Kit" Carson and is an excellent biography of him, but it is also a biography of most of the explorers, mountain men, and military commanders/explorers from the very early 1800's to about 1870. this author holds no punches in explaining about our war with Mexico, its shortcomings and victories. The author also spares none of the characters in this time in history, telling about both their shortcomings and the highlights of their lives and how they affected the conquest of the West and the conquest and defeat of the Navajo Indians. It is also a brief history of the Navajo Indians and their relationships with surrounding indian tribes, the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the United States. This book has an excellent bibliography for those who are interested in learning more about the Navajo Indians, which I highly recommend the readers of this book to do.


Aug 4, 2008


An engaging look at the conquest of the American West. Centered around Kit Carson, the book reads more like a story than a history. One might be struck by a familiar "American-ness" to the events - some of the attitudes and actions of the men who conquered the West could well be pulled from our modern headlines.

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