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William Clark and the Shaping of the West

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2004; University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2009)
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Between 1803 and 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark cocaptained the most famous expedition in American history. But while Lewis ended his life just three years after the expedition, Clark, as the highest-ranking federal official in the West, spent three decades overseeing its consequences: Indian removal and the destruction of Native America. In a rare  Continue reading

The Essential Lewis and Clark

(Ecco/Harper Colllins, 2000)

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The journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark remain the single most important document in the history of American exploration. This compact volume of their journals, compiled by American Book Award nominee Landon Y. Jones, includes all of the most riveting tales of their adventure, in their own words.  Continue reading

Great Expectations: America & the Baby Boom Generation

(Coward McCann, New York, 1980)

Great-Expectations-coverGreat Expectations is the story of 75 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, a baby boom so extraordinary that it has affected every aspect of our society, from fads, fashions and music, to education, crime rates, and Social Security. This book coined the phrase “baby boomer” and in 1981 was a finalist for the American Book Award for Nonfiction.  Continue reading