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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Morgan Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies: the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself.

Known also for his powerful fiction (Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. Their stories—and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans—form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.

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  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aileen Lundeen | 2/17/2014

    " What a meaty read! This is the kind of history book I can really get into. I recommend this book to anyone. I am going to encourage my kids to read it. Well written, and interesting, I am glad I won it on First Reads! If I taught history, I would require my students to read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon Dykes | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and learned so much about the men who's actions and dreams helped make this country great. My favorite was the chapter of David Crockett since I have never read to much about him. I know about him from movies and such. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom Buske | 1/1/2014

    " A pretty good examination of 19th century US History as it relates to the conquest of the American West. It's presented as a series of mini-biographies of the relevant characters from Thomas Jefferson to Winfield Scott or James K Polk to Nicolas Trist. It drags a bit at times but some of it is very interesting, particularly to me, the chapters on the Mexican War and how it was won. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 11/1/2013

    " Pretty Interesting Book and learned about those that were mentioned in the book and how they influenced the western United States. "

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