Blood and Thunder

An Epic of the American West

Description

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of “Manifest Destiny,” this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness. In Blood and Thunder, Hampton Sides gives us a magnificent history of the American conquest of the West. At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.


BUY THIS BOOK
Signed Book from Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe
Indiebound


MORE INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLISHER
The Blood and Thunder Book Minisite
Randomhouse


SELECTED REVIEWS

New York Times – Sunday Book Review
“Cowboys and Indians”

USA Today
“‘Thunder’ booms with excitement”

Los Angeles Times
“Western history, as lived by notorious Kit Carson”

The Washington Post
“Point of No Return”


MEDIA

NPR Books – “A West Won by ‘Blood and Thunder’

WBUR – On Point with Tom Ashbrook
Kit Carson and the American West

CBS Sunday Morning
“Kit Carson: Hero Or Villain?”

C-SPAN Cities Tour
Santa Fe: Hampton Sides, “Blood and Thunder”

C-SPAN –
“Book Discussion on Blood and Thunder”

The Diane Rehm Show
Hampton Sides: “Blood and Thunder” (Doubleday)

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