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Publisher's Summary

If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith. You will also see how these men played a major role in pushing our national frontier from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and fulfilling our nation’s ideal of Manifest Destiny. Breathtaking in scope, yet filled with the seemingly small decisions that changed the course of a nation, A Life Wild and Perilous is a compelling and fascinating piece of Americana. Travelogue buffs and historians alike will delight in Richard M. Davidson’s inspired telling of how the West was really won.
©1997 Robert M. Utley (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gary Schnitkey on 06-25-16

Excellent book (read with a map)

Very much enjoyed the stories. Having an understanding of the geography of the west is helpful in listening to the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 04-01-12

A lot of good history and quite a story too.

This book fills in a lot of history that has been generally skipped over in favor of the Civil War and other high volume catagories. I listen to audible or read a book to learn. I did that and then some. Hard men, rough time, the building of a nation, the shrinking of nations, fortunes won, fortunes lost, the rise of the U.S. the decline of Mexico, the making of American heroes, the end of the Red man, its all in there. Very well read. Very well written. A bit sad in places. Non fiction tends to be that way sometimes.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 11-17-17

manifest murder

These guys were tough as ould boots,I admire them in a way but loathe the murder and near genocide of the native people,very good book though,loadsa info.

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