[MOBI] ☆ The Year of Decision 1846 | BY ☆ Bernard DeVoto Mark Devoto Stephen E. Ambrose #2020

  • Title: The Year of Decision 1846
  • Author: Bernard DeVoto Mark Devoto Stephen E. Ambrose
  • ISBN: 9780312267940
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Year of Decision 1846 By Bernard DeVoto Mark Devoto Stephen E. Ambrose Year of Decision 1846 tells many fascinating stories of the U.S explorers who began the western march from the Mississippi to the Pacific, from Canada to the annexation of Texas, California, and the southwest lands from Mexico It is the penultimate book of a trilogy which includes Across the Wide Missouri for which DeVoto won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes and TYear of Decision 1846 tells many fascinating stories of the U.S explorers who began the western march from the Mississippi to the Pacific, from Canada to the annexation of Texas, California, and the southwest lands from Mexico It is the penultimate book of a trilogy which includes Across the Wide Missouri for which DeVoto won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes and The Course of Empire DeVoto s narrative covers the expanding Western frontier, the Mormons, the Donner party, Fremont s exploration, the Army of the West, and takes readers into Native American tribal life.
    Bernard DeVoto Mark Devoto Stephen E. Ambrose
    Bernard Augustine DeVoto was an American historian and author who specialized in the history of the American West.

    The Year of Decision 1846 By Bernard DeVoto Mark Devoto Stephen E. Ambrose


    What a fantastic history The somewhat insane people who sustained a roughly 50% mortality walking, pushing, dragging all they have across 3000 mostly hostile miles to land in a totally unknown geography and at that point not part of a country they knew.California s written history is about 2 minutes long My father knew his great grandmother well distinct and complex memories she arrived with Sam Brannan in San Francisco in 1846 on the ship Brooklyn whose contents doubled the Euro population of S [...]

    THE YEAR OF DECISION 1846 1942 Bernard DeVoto 1 2.This study of America s western history is probably my favorite history book DeVoto wrote a trilogy of books exploring this subject, for one of which he won the Pulitzer Prize In this volume, he selected the year 1846 as the pivotal year for America s expansion to the Pacific Ocean If you have any interest at all in how America won the west, this is a must read book He was a superb writer who knew his subject very well, and managed to impart a gr [...]

    Lloyd Hughes
    This book and its predecessors The Course of Empire and Across the Wide Missouri are must reads for anybody interested in pre Civil War American History The author, Bernard DeVoto, presents profound and astute analysis grounded in in depth research and encyclopedic knowledge of subject, free from political correctness, in a very readable, straight forward, and no nonsense manner You might agree or disagree with his conclusions but you won t question his integrity.

    James K Polk may just be my favorite president And we did NOT steal it We won it in a fair fight Get over it, losers

    Glen Pekin
    This guy could write history You might think it is out dated but put him on you history shelf.

    Lauren Hiebner
    This was a fun book to read, like sitting around the campfire listening to stories of the old West DeVoto relies on first hand stories and tales to explain that decisions made in 1846 led to the Civil War Much like Juan dos Passos, he tells of events occurring at the same time on the frontier.

    Katherine Addison
    This is a tremendously ambitious and entertaining book De Voto s project is to examine, explore, and explain what happened to America in A.D 1846, and he does an excellent job of it, from the politicians in Washington, to the army in Mexico, the Mormons fleeing Missouri, and of course the Donner Party descending to cannibalism on the verge of California He uses lots and lots of primary sources, has a magnificently entertaining and snarky prose style, and not only explained mid nineteenth century [...]

    Sludgy Great content, fusty prose that kept mucking it up Great for its time, no doubt, but now a museum piece

    Joe Angiulo
    Authoritative, even magisterial, DeVoto s book is also perhaps the most challenging thing I ve read in years It s dense, convoluted and requires a fairly deep understanding of Western history and literature to make any sense at all But it s an absorbing, rich snapshot of the most important single year of our history here in California , an insanely ambitious project that I can compare only to The Education of Henry Adams and Morris s Pax Britannica trilogy.

    Craig Knott
    It s an amazingly detailed account of one of the most pivotal year in the American History The book is thick 500 pg read set up in chapters that cover every major player from J.k Polk to John C Freemont, to the Donner Party, to the invasion of Mexico by Zach Taylor and W Scott to Brigham Young and the Saints exodus The Pulitzer Prize winning author, Bernard Devoto, was actually raised in Ogden in the early 20th century and moved on to be a profeesor at Harvard and one of the Ages most respected [...]

    I found this book in a used book store and it jumped off the shelf at me Mine is the original published in 1942, a hardback with the dustcover and I just loved it It is a long read at 500 pages, but it was so much of so many different histories that I have learned put together It is about some people who went west in 1846 It was the year the War with Mexico was started during which my great great grandfather spent a year in the Army , tells of the Donner party I have read a lot about that and be [...]

    Useful, but tedious Read a Polk bio or Let the Sea Make A Noise , by Walter McDougall.

    Alonzo Church
    Solid and bulky history of the events affecting the West in the decisive year of 1846 The book reads as if we acquired California and Oregon mostly by luck The leaders come off very badly Such a partisan approach makes for lively reading, but also makes one question the truth of what is being sold There is fascinating detail on the Mormon emigration, and the hardships of the emigrants to Oregon and California The book is at its strongest in capturing the tribulations of those either marching to [...]

    Fred Eisenhut
    Brilliant study of the growth of the western United States The Mexican War, the Mormons leaving Illinois under Joseph Smith President James Polk American becoming a country moving toward the Civil War It is all here Wonderful read.

    Douglas Clarke
    Very lively writing by this celebrated scholar and columnist As a Canadian I was especially interested in the events surrounding the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, recounted in detail.

    Bob H
    Bernard de Voto s prose was brilliant, and not always complementary to his American characters Note this, which still rings true nor the creation in newsprint of a great public hero, is an invention of our age, which has not seen any betterment of the technique that erected John C Fremont into a martyr That creation was almost enough to wreck the republic It was enough to convince innumerable people born since the advertising stopped and its proprietors died that incompetence is courage, that se [...]

    This is an incredible book On my shelf for far too long unread, I am so grateful that a good friend finally insisted that I drop whatever else was on the list and that I get to it Great advice There are so many historical treatments of the first half of the 19th century in North America I ve been reveling in the likes of Howe, Remini, Foner, Eisenhower, Miller always postponing DeVoto In DeVoto s 1846, we find deep storytelling beginning with and from the eyewitnesses those involved gritty, grou [...]

    A must read for those who, like me, did not know much about the Conquest of the West besides the stories brought to us through the lenses of John Ford and Hollywood This highly detailed account leads us through the making of a nation that began spreading across an entire continent, effectively picking up momentum in 1846, the Year of Decision It encompasses the military expeditions into New Mexico, Tejas, California, the war with Mexico, and the hardships and woes of Mormons and Gentiles emigran [...]

    I read this book for book club It is a challenging read, being that it was written in the 1940s But it is a very fascinating read, about a time in American history that is not very well known It was great, for example, to learn about the presidency of Polk I now know that he was quite a president, and that he did a great deal to affect the future of the United States In particular, he is the one responsible for obtaining Texas, California and Oregon for the United States I also learned about the [...]

    Jan C
    I read this in college Borrowed my parents copy from 1943 or some such year.He was so thorough Did anything happen in 1846 that he didn t cover Probably not.Possibly a little too thorough when it came to the details of the Donner Party That part was just revolting To find out real details of what starvation can drive people to And how stupidity can really put you in danger But when, I think it was John Reade, was walking off, determined to get to civilization or freeze in the process, I just wan [...]

    Saran Wolf
    This is a fantastic book I would give it 5 stars except it can drive you mad with references to things that must have been what everyone knows about America in the 1940s, but which I need Google or for nowadays to work out what exactly he is talking about, especially when he quotes from authors such as Thoreau, who to me are half remembered half never known from my studies.But aside from this, its remarkably readable, it has tremendous scope, it digs deep into the many issues that all came toget [...]

    Richard Diamond
    It might have been a great book 70 years ago, but now it s not Too opinionated for a good history Leaves out an important part of the Mormon March into California and too biased with respect to individuals he likes and doesn t like Not sorry I read it I needed a good laugh and an understanding of how history was written 70 years ago.

    An older style of writing, to be sure Written during WWII But well worth the effort Get past the writing style and get to the meat of this It is a wealth of information, and a fascinating story that begins to make the reasons for the Civil war comprehensible

    Tim Basuino
    If you re the type of person who likes short stories about heroes of the Old West, this book is not for you Very detailed discussions about the Donner Party, the Mexican War, and the acts that led to Sowing The Seeds of The Civil War.

    The book that gave me the basis for my thesis I owe it all to this little blue book.

    David Gross
    Read this one a long time ago and just started to read it again Fascinating stuff.

    Very informative and entertaining as well.

    John Nelson
    Volume One of Bernard Devoto s three volume history of America s westward expansion and Manifest Destiny.

    Another good history of the far west, chronicling a year that opened it to US citizens following the Mexican War.

    this is one great book is a history book that reads like a great novel.what a year 1846

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