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A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific (1997)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805033041, Hardcover)It's true, Robert Utley writes, that mountain men such as "Crazy Bill" Williams and Jeremiah "Liver-Eating" Johnson were an unlearned, unwashed, drunk, and violent bunch who tore a bloody swath across the then-unconquered American West from the 1810s to the 1840s. Yet their travels across deserts and plains and over high mountains yielded a huge body of geographical knowledge that would enable American pioneers to cross the Mississippi and traverse the continent in relative security. Utley, a historian with a fluent narrative style, tells the stories of hard-fighting men like Jim Bridger, Benjamin Bonneville, Kit Carson, and Joseph Walker, whose names now figure prominently on maps of the region but are otherwise little remembered.
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Includes material on John Colter and George Drouillard, Edward Robinson, John Hoback and Jacob Reznor, Jedediah Smith, Etienne Provost, Ewing Young, Joe Walker, Bill Sublette, Warren Ferris, Tom Fitzpatrick, Kit Carson, Joe Meek and Doc Newell, and Jim Bridger.
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