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Blood and thunder : an epic of the American West

Author: Hampton Sides
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2008.
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Between 1846, when President James K. Polk declared war on Mexico, and 1865, when the South was defeated in the civil war, the United States invaded and conquered the West, creating a mighty nation that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. How this was accomplished is an epic tale of both shame and glory. Before the West could be settled American armies had to not only defeat the Mexican forces that held  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Kit Carson; Kit Carson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hampton Sides
ISBN: 9780349120317 0349120315 9780316027458 0316027456
OCLC Number: 183147281
Notes: Originally published: New York: Random House, 2006; London: Little, Brown, 2007.
Description: pages cm
Responsibility: Hampton Sides.

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