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Blood and Thunder - An Epic of the American West

Hampton Sides

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In the fall of 1846 the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true-if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies. As Narbona gazed down on the battlements and cannons of a mighty fort the invaders had built, he realized his foes had been vanquished-but what did the arrival of these "New Men" portend for the Navajo? Narbona could not have known that "The Army of the West," in the midst of the longest march in American military history, was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self-righteous ideology now known as "Manifest Destiny." For twenty years the Navajo, elusive lords of a huge swath of mountainous desert and pasturelands, would ferociously resist the flood of soldiers and settlers who wished to change their ancient way of life or destroy them. Hampton Sides's extraordinary book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to ringing life. It is a tale with many heroes and villains, but as is found in the best history, the same person might be both. At the center of it all stands the remarkable figure of Kit Carson-the legendary trapper, scout, and soldier who embodies all the contradictions and ambiguities of the American experience in the West. Brave and clever, beloved by his contemporaries, Carson was an illiterate mountain man who twice married Indian women and understood and respected the tribes better than any other American alive. Yet he was also a cold-blooded killer who willingly followed orders tantamount to massacre. Carson's almost unimaginable exploits made him a household name when they were written up in pulp novels known as "blood-and-thunders," but now that name is a bitter curse for contemporary Navajo, who cannot forget his role in the travails of their ancestors.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Don Leslie

Length:

6h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:44


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:20


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:12


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:22


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:55


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:46


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:44


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:07


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:53


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:29


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:34


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:07