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A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America

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ISBN13: 9780375707612
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In A Wilderness so Immense, historian Jon Kukla recounts the fascinating tale of the personal maneuverings, political posturing, and international intrigue that culminated in the greatest land deal in history. Spanning nearly two decades, Kuklas book brings to life a pageant of characters from Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Jay, to Napoleon and Carlos III of Spain and other colorful figures.

Employing letters, memoirs, contemporary documents, and a host of other sources, Kukla creates a complete and compelling account of the Louisiana Purchase. From the hinterlands in Kentucky to the courts of Spain, France, and England to the halls of Congress, he re-creates the forces and personalities that turned a struggle for navigation rights on the Mississippi into an event that doubled the size of the country and altered the destiny of the United States forever.

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Interweaving the stories of ordinary settlers and imperial decision-makers, Kukla depicts a world of revolutionary intrigue that transformed a small and precarious union into a world power--all without bloodshed and for about four cents an acre.

About the Author

Jon Kukla received his B.A. from Carthage College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has directed historical research and publishing at the Library of Virginia and has been curator and director of the Historic New Orleans Collection. In 2000 he returned to Virginia as director of the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation. He lives in Charlotte County, Virginia.

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lukas, August 23, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"No event in all American history-not the Civil War, nor the Declaration of Independence, nor even the signing of the Constitution-"was more important.”-Bernard DeVoto, 1953 A fascinating, complex, and important somewhat indifferently told. Expansion, conquest, and exploration are key components in American history and as the above quotation makes evident, the Louisianan purchase, which effectively doubled the size of our young nation, was incredibly significant. Yet this book loses sight of its larger narrative and gets bogged down in too many tangents about its larger than life cast, which includes Jefferson, Napoleon, Washington, Monroe, and Spain's Carlos III. It is still a worthwhile read for those interested in the early history of the U.S., but it's somewhat disappointing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375707612
Other:
Kukla, John
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Kukla, John
Author:
Kukla, Jon
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Territorial expansion.
Subject:
Louisiana purchase
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS and 2 MAPS
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.04x5.24x.91 in. .92 lbs.

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