Empire of Shadows

The Epic Story of Yellowstone

Black, George, 1949-

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Empire of Shadows
Baker & Taylor
A reinterpretation of the 19th-century West documents the exploration of an uninhabited Yellowstone region after the Civil War, evaluating the roles of key contributors while providing coverage of the pioneer era, the Indian wars and period efforts to "civilize" the frontier. By the author of The Trout Pool Paradox. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
“George Black rediscovers the history and lore of one of the planet’s most magnificent landscapes. ReadEmpire of Shadows, and you’ll never think of our first—in many ways our greatest—national
park in the same way again.”
—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder
Empire of Shadows is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the nineteenth century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and Gen. Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. George Black¹s Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of America¹s majestic national landmark.

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Documents the exploration of an uninhabited Yellowstone region after the Civil War, evaluating the roles of key contributors while covering the pioneer era, the American Indian Wars, and efforts to "civilize" the frontier.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312383193
Branch Call Number: 978.752 B
Characteristics: ix, 548 p., [9] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.


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