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Lions of the West

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Lions of the West

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Product Review (submitted on December 8, 2012):

Short biographies of some of the people who either settled the American west, or created the policies that shaped it. I hadn't noticed until today that the subtitle is 'Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion. I expect much of my dissatisfaction (not with the writing, but with the personae explored, had to do with those that were villainous rather than heroic. The men the author wrote about were Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. In general, it was the politicians I liked the least (the exception being David Crockett, because though he had a stint in Washington, he was at heart very different from the politicians of the day.) I developed my own system of keeping track.

Most Disappointing: Thomas Jefferson
Won my heart completely: Johnny Appleseed
Best loser: David Crockett
I didn't know that: Sam Houston
Of interest to a Urology Nurse: James K Polk
All that and illiterate, too: Kit Carson

The book was interesting -- probably had it not been an audio book, I might have skim read, even with my love of history, but I did learn a lot about our interactions with Mexico and the discovery/exploration/annexing of the west. And then, next up, there was the Civil War.

I received this book via the kind auspices of LibraryThing Early Readers program, and the audio book publisher, Highbridge.