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Lions of the West

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   18.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/22/2011

Lions of the West

Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611746693
Digital Download ISBN:9781611746709


America’s Manifest Destiny—as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and nine other Americans—comes to life in bestselling historian and biographer Robert Morgan’s skilled hands.
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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.


“Drummond’s sonorous voice adeptly describes the triumphs and travails. . . . Drummond’s performance is both strong and nuanced.”

“Nobody writes history like Morgan. His books teach and inspire. He gives the past, with all its heroes and villains, a new life, if not a new purpose.”
     —Southern Literary Review

“Robert Morgan should be declared a national treasure, and his latest work, Lions of the West, is bound to become a classic in the study of American westward expansion.”
      —Charlotte Observer

“ Morgan’s accounts of these key players make for an intriguing journey westward. . . . Morgan has given us a stimulating and engaging account of how it all came about.”
      —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Author Bio

ROBERT MORGAN is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, most notably his novel Gap Creek and his biography of Daniel Boone, both of which were national bestsellers. A professor at Cornell University since 1971 and visiting writer-in-residence at half a dozen universities, his awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010.

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