Dreams of El Dorado

Dreams of El Dorado A History of the American West

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In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West, from Lewis and Clark's expedition in the early 19th century to the closing of the frontier by the early 20th. He introduces us to explorers, mountain men, cowboys, missionaries and soldiers, taking us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading campaign in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. Throughout, Brands explores the contradictions of the West and explodes its longstanding myths. The West has been celebrated as the proving ground of American individualism; in reality, the West depended on collective action and federal largesse more than any other region. The West brought out the finest and the basest in those who ventured there, evoking both selfless heroism and unspeakable violence. Visons of great wealth drew generations of Americans westward, but El Dorado was never more elusive than in the West.

Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

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Basic Books

Basic Books

Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into our Abacus paperback list. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice.

Book information

ISBN: 9781541672543
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 978.02
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 454g
Height: 210mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 38mm