Blood and Thunder


A national bestseller from the author of Ghost Soldiers

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of Manifest Destiny, this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajo people, the strong and resistant stewards of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.

A native of Memphis, Hampton Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and the author of the international bestseller Ghost Soldiers. Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA Award for nonfiction and the 2002 Discover Award from Barnes and Noble, and his magazine work has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. Hampton is also the author of Americana and Stomping Grounds. A graduate of Yale with a BA in history, he lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.

"A story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy."—The New York Times Book Review

"Both haunting and lyrical, Blood and Thunder is truly a masterpiece." —Los Angeles Times

"Riveting…monumental…Not only does Blood and Thunder capture a pivotal moment in US history in marvelous detail, it is authoritative and masterfully told." –The Washington Post Book World

"We see a panorama and a whole history, intricately laced with wonder and meaning, coalesce into a story of epic proportions, a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy…Sides fills a conspicuous void in the history of the American West." –N. Scott Momaday, The New York Times Book Review

  • ISBN-13: 9781400031108
  • Genre: History
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trim: 5.2" x 7.9"
  • Page count: 624 pages
  • Published by Anchor in 2007
  • Written by Hampton Sides
  • Audience: Adult
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