[quote=“Phil H, post:7, topic:1204”]Can’t say I’ve ever seen any of Ullman’s books in english but I will check it out, thanks.
Another quality western writer is of course Larry McMurtry of Lonesome Dove fame but my favourite is still Thomas Eidson.[/quote]
Haha. I had never heard of Thomas Eidson. I thought it said Thomas Edison at first.
I remember you mentioning reading The Missing once before. I will have to check this fellow out.
I’ve read a couple of ecxellent non-fiction books about the American West recently:
Blood And Thunder by Hampton Sides. A really good, balanced portrayal of Kit Carson and the American Southwest. Carson is often elevated to a mythic figure by many but reviled by the Navajos. This book takes a middle path and shows Carson to be simply human and a man of his time and place, ambiguities included. I couldn’t put this one down.
Hard Road West- History & Geology Along the Gold Rush Trail by Kieth Heyer Meldahl. If you like Geology (my fav science) and the books by John McPhee you will like this book. A very well written , accessible guide to the geology of the California Trail blended with a general history of the Trail with excerts from actual Trail pioneers. One of the reasons I love the American West is because of its grandeur. As a result of its aridity, most of the west is not “haired over” with vegetation and such. The Geology is exposed. Fellers, if you ever need to put your life in perspective, spend some days deep in the abyss of time that we call the Grand Canyon.