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Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West


In the autumn of 1846 the Navajo warrior Narbona looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

Overall customer rating: 4.778
Linda A

Perfect gift

by Linda A on Jun 27, 2013

My brother loves to read westerns,that's why I purchased the book...asked him about it the other day...been to busy to start it.

Cheryl P

Absolutely Fabulous!

by Cheryl P on Apr 14, 2011

This book makes the the history of the West so alive, it's descriptions make you feel like you were there. An absolute joy to read, I'm just about done and can't wait to read it again.


Kit Carson Biography

by jsam on Oct 23, 2008

This is an excellent history of United States in the west and the southwest during the conquest of Mexico and the Navajo Indians. It centers on Christopher "Kit" Carson and is an excellent biography of him, but it is also a biography of most of the explorers, mountain men, and military commanders/explorers from the very early 1800's to about 1870. this author holds no punches in explaining about our war with Mexico, its shortcomings and victories. The author also spares none of the characters in this time in history, telling about both their shortcomings and the highlights of their lives and how they affected the conquest of the West and the conquest and defeat of the Navajo Indians. It is also a brief history of the Navajo Indians and their relationships with surrounding indian tribes, the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the United States. This book has an excellent bibliography for those who are interested in learning more about the Navajo Indians, which I highly recommend the readers of this book to do.



by Tansy on Aug 4, 2008

An engaging look at the conquest of the American West. Centered around Kit Carson, the book reads more like a story than a history. One might be struck by a familiar "American-ness" to the events - some of the attitudes and actions of the men who conquered the West could well be pulled from our modern headlines.


The way all history books should be written.

by Natalio on Aug 27, 2007

If all history books were written like Blood & Thunder, not only would studies of the past be a hughly popular subject in school but history would actually be LEARNED! Hampton Sides has a gift of taking normally dry facts and meaningless dates and breathing life into them giving them incredible revalance. Most history books are quite slanted in their focus. In Blood & Thunder, Sides does a remarkable job of pointing out the historcal perspctive from the view points of the cultures of the American Indians, the Mexicans and the New Americans as they merge and try to mesh in the western frontier. This book is such a good read and so interesting that I would recomend it anyone regardless of whether they have any interest in the history of the west.

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