“Well written. Sides makes the Wild West come alive.”HistoryWarrior wrote this review Thursday, August 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book, got lost in the middle but beginning and end were fantastic. ”Chad S wrote this review Saturday, August 15, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this aught to be required reading in the High Schools! ”Gail N wrote this review Saturday, June 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Chock full of history and stories that I've always wondered about but was never taught in school. Hampton Sides is an incredible writer who always presents history in a very real and un-biased way. I gave this book to our high school American History teacher along with Ghost soldiers. Two books everyone should read.”Angela C wrote this review Tuesday, June 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best books I have ever read. If you have any, ANY, interest in history and especially 19th century American history this is a must read. Do it now. ”David B wrote this review Wednesday, June 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful portrait of Kit Carson and the american west. Gripping to read, this book conveys the complexity of the characters involved in the exploration and eventual conquest of the western territories.”Morgan wrote this review Friday, April 17, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good read about a man whose actual exploits may have been greater than his myth. Sides presents a balanced view of Carson and the U.S. expansion into the southwest. Not profoundly good, or profoundly evil, but complex, human and flawed.
A wonderful book for anyone with an interest in the old west or U.S. history.”
“Another one of our purchases during our Santa Fe trip.
Blood and Thunder tells the story of Manifest Destiny and the expansion of the United States using Kit Carson as its fulcrum. Sides follows Carson from his birthplace in Kentucky to his childhood home in Missouri and then, finally in his myriad, fascinating journeys around the West as Carson, sometimes unwittingly, serves as one of the key architects of Westward Expansion.
A master storyteller telling an epic story, Sides enthralls the reader by weaving a complex tapestry filled with illuminating detail. Sides never takes the easy way out of making any of the players one dimensional. There are no absolute villains or no heroes, although there is plenty of villainy and heroics.”
“I have to agree with a review of this book(not sure by who) on this site: nonfiction that reads like fiction. Prior to reading this book, the West was really not of interest to me as a history subject. But this book was so well-written and so well stocked with good character studies that my interest was perked upon reading the first section. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the West and anyone who is interested in learning more about how America expanded to include the West. ”The Bug wrote this review Friday, October 17, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a HUGE fan of Hampton Sides. It's worth reading this book just to enjoy his talents. This book is about 100 pages too long, but it's still an excellent book. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute. I love the way Sides works in interesting facts and tidbits throughout his stories. He's so talented! He's certainly one of the absolute best -- but I like Ghost Soldiers a little better.”Noël wrote this review Saturday, September 20, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No