Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West by H.W. Brands

Photo courtesy of Basic Books

Photo courtesy of Basic Books

History with the sweep and character of a John Wayne epic reckons with the West at its wildest.

Written by Jenn Thornton

The latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian H.W. Brands reads like a novel, chiefly because you can’t make this stuff up. In Brands’ hands, the settling of the American West is often a brutal, bloody business—enough to test even the Duke on his best day. Saddle in for a real ride, because this one goes from a fur trading operation in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California Gold Rush to the Oklahoma land rush. The result is a panoramic effort, where acts of violence take their place alongside the only attributes rewarded in an unregulated world—perseverance and courage.

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