Lions of the West

Lions of the West Published October 18, 2011

Hardback, 496 pages
ISBN-10: 1565126262
ISBN-13: 978-1565126268

eBook, 508 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1616201197

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

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Praise for the book:

“Fourscore years come alive through biographical vignettes that pull no punches...Nation-building accrued human costs as well as remarkable heroes—all revealed with Morgan's customary grace and flair.”
—Michael Kammen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mystic Chords of Memory

“A creative, accurate, and eminently readable book...Robert Morgan is a master chronicler of the habits and ways of life on the frontier at the turn of the nineteenth century and has skillfully pulled together accounts of presidents, generals, statesmen, and adventurers in a rich tapestry that collectively conveys the American spirit of expansion. I highly recommend this book.”

—Timothy D. Johnson, author of A Gallant Little Army

“Today the great historic themes of American Manifest Destiny and the 'American Century' are being hotly debated as to whether they will continue or are finally coming to an end. Robert Morgan enters—and beautifully reframes—the debate by taking us back to these themes' origins . . . to raise troubling, fundamental questions about the very roots of the 'American Century' idea. This is a study of history and literature that is as pleasurable to read as it is instructive--and with a cast of characters who are as memorable as they are deeply disturbing.”

—, Walter LaFeber, Tisch University Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

“Robert Morgan, prolific novelist and poet of the American West, again turns his hand to writing history in this collection of vivid portraits and engaging anecdotes of famous personalities of the westward expansion.”

—Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

“What a marvelou take on Thomas Jefferson's westward expansion movement! In a sense Lions of the West is a sequel to Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage, about Lewis and Clark... Morgan proves once again to be an incredible prose stylist...Highly recommended.”

—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

“Robert Morgan tells the absorbing story of the American conquest of the lands between the Appalachians and the Pacific through the lives and deeds of movers and shakers of their times, some well known, others dimly remembered, a few all but forgotten. This is a splendid work.”

—John Buchanan, author of Jackson's Way

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