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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