In her provocative new book, Carlson questions the larger aims of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 and sees it as part of a broad range of schemes to wrest the American West from the claims of established European powers. 3 maps.
Laurie Winn Carlson's A Fever in Salem, a new interpretation of the New England witch trials, was widely praised. She has also written frequently on the history of the West, including Cattle: An Informal Social HIstory; Sidesaddles to Heaven; and Boss of the Plains. She lives in Cheney, Washington.
One comes away from her narrative with a greater appreciation of the normal, human dimensions of the nation's westward march... These tales nicely and uncynically retold provide a solid counterweight to the unnuanced story of great, pure American figures propelling their nation toward its manifest destiny on the pacific. Publishers Weekly Laurie Winn Carlson...is an entertaining, creative writer who asks many intriguing questions. Louisiana History The Cheney author offers the idea that the Lewis and Clark expedition was part of a lerger scheme to wrest the American West from the claims of established European powers. -- Mary Ann Gwinn and Michael Upchurch The Seattle Times Historian Carlson here chronicles the key players and events in America's westward expansion in the decades immediately after the revolution. -- T.J. Schaeper Library Journal ...there is enough here to entertain readers and to hopefully encourage them to delve deeper into the topic. -- Jay Freeman Booklist As for Lewis and Clark, conspiracy theorists will love Carlson's treatment of their journey... -- Steve Raymond Union-Tribune ...Brings a big story...writing an alluring and colorful style that keeps one's interest piqued. Western Historical Society
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