Another treasure I was lucky enough to pick up yesterday: Bent's Fort, by David Lavender.
It was published in 1954, which slightly shows, both for good and ill: breezily un-PC, which is refreshing -- but also somewhat less scrupulous about citing a source for every statement than one would expect in a newer book, which can get a bit frustrating sometimes. It is, however, scrupulous in making clear when it's resorting to conjecture and when it has hard facts to go on. And it's very entertainingly written.
For anyone interested in the background to "our" period, the start of western expansion, inter-tribal politics, and the makings of the mid/late-19th-century Indian Wars, I'd recommend this as a very good read indeed ...
Post by "Hunk" Papa on Sept 23, 2007 16:09:02 GMT -5
Yes Elisabeth, Lavender's 'Bent's Fort' is a worthwhile addition to the library of any lover of American Western history. George Hyde used it as one of his sources in 'The Life of George Bent' and Hyde was VERY fussy about what information he used. Lavender wrote another book 'The Great West' which is also very useful for reference purposes concerning frontier life.
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