Synopses & Reviews
In 1826 an undersized sixteen-year-old apprentice ran away from a saddle maker in Franklin, Missouri, to join one of the first wagon trains crossing the prairie on the Santa Fe Trail. Kit Carson (1809-68) wanted to be a mountain man, and he spent his next sixteen years learning the paths of the West, the ways of its Native inhabitants, and the habits of the beaver, becoming the most successful and respected fur trapper of his time. From 1842 to 1848 he guided John C. Frémonts mapping expeditions through the Rockies and was instrumental in the U.S. military conquest of California during the Mexican War. In 1853 he was appointed Indian agent at Taos, and later he helped negotiate treaties with the Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, Arapahos, Cheyennes, and Utes that finally brought peace to the southwestern frontier. Ralph Moodys biography of Kit Carson, appropriate for readers young and old, is a testament to the judgment and loyalty of the man who had perhaps more influence than any other on the history and development of the American West.
"Only a few authors have been able to write equally well for adults and children. Mark Twain and R.L.S. (Robert Lewis Stevenson) are examples. Another was the late Ralph Moody."—California Territorial Quarterly California Territorial Quarterly
"Dozens of books and dime novels have been written about the reckless, daring adventures of Kit Carsons youth. Little has been told of the wisdom and greatness of his later years."—Ralph Moody Ralph Moody
Kit Carson, the quintessential frontiersman, is remembered as a larger-than-life mountain man, explorer, trapper, guide, soldier, Indian agent, officer, hunter, and rancher. In The Life of Kit Carson
, Alan E. Grey invites young readers to join Kit as he strikes out on his own at the age of sixteen to find adventure along the beaver streams; ride with him and John Fremont as they explore the untamed West, taking cover as Kit trades gunfire in the Mexican-American War; and witness his encounters with Indians in the Navajo and Southern Plains campaigns. Composed of stories discovered through years of research, this book is an exciting and easy-to-read, action-packed tale. Young readers and adults alike will find both education and entertainment in this masterfully presented life story.
About the Author
Alan E. Grey has graduate degrees in chemistry and has worked as a chemist for most of his adult life. Since retirement, he has followed his lifelong interest in western history. He is the author of The Life of Chief Joseph (available in a Bison Books edition).