Stock Image
Buy Used
Price: US$ 8.50 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.95 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Returns Policy

ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI

Devoto, Bernard

230 ratings by GoodReads
ISBN 10: 0395083745 / ISBN 13: 9780395083741
Published by Boston Houghton Mifflin Company c1975., 1975
Used Soft cover
From Black Swan Books, Inc. (Lexington, KY, U.S.A.) Quantity Available: 1
Available From More sellers View all  copies of this book

VG+. A tribute to the mountain man-rapacious, tough, and antisocial. ; 12mo.; 450 pages. First Paperback Edition. Binding is Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 19726

About this title:

Synopsis:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Across the Wide Missouri tells the compelling story of the climax and decline of the Rocky Mountain fur trade during the 1830s. More than a history, it portrays the mountain fur trade as a way of business and a way of life, vividly illustrating how it shaped the expansion of the American West.

Review: Like many U.S. historians, cultural critic Bernard DeVoto believed that the American character was rooted in the experience of westward expansion. Unlike those who championed the civilizing graces of the agrarian frontier, however, DeVoto drew inspiration from the mercenary, imperial designs of the fur trade. Originally published in 1947, Across the Wide Missouriis arguably the best known of his studies in American history, examining the rise and fall of the U.S. fur dynasties in the 1830s. The book chronicles the competition between John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company and the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, an "opposition" group of trappers (including Jim Bridger and Kit Carson) descended from the earlier entrepreneurial activities of General William H. Ashley. Devoto specifically narrates the major expeditions and the daily experiences of the Western divisions of these companies, which scoured the northernmost regions of the Rocky Mountains for beaver. He contends that, by exploring the recently charted Northern plateau, fighting off interlopers, and setting up trade networks, the loose confederation of trappers, traders, and Native Americans shaped the materialism that typifies modern American society. In his densely detailed description of the company "rendezvous," DeVoto shows how the activities of trading, partying, and resource pooling created a shared experience for competing cultural and economic parties on the frontier. While the centrality of the fur trade in the development of the American character may strike some readers as overemphasized, DeVoto's thesis still carries much relevance for modern American studies. --John M. Anderson

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI

Publisher: Boston Houghton Mifflin Company c1975.

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

Payment Methods

Payment Methods Accepted by Seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check

Seller Black Swan Books, Inc.
Address: Lexington, KY, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Seller Since April 2, 1998
Seller Rating 5-star rating


Terms of Sale:

Personal checks, Visa, MC,and American Express accepted.
Postage $4.95 1st book, $1.00 each additional title. Specialty and priority postage extra. Overseas postage billed at cost. All books in dustjackets protectd with Brodart covers. Books held 7 days, order by phone or by e-mail. Returnable within 7 days if not as described.



Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.


Store Description: Established in 1984, Black Swan Books is housed in building constructed in 1912. Our 3,000 square feet of floor space is filled with well organized shelves devoted to Kentuckiana, Horses, Military History, Literature, Poetry,Art, Americana, European and British History and Children's books etc. Our books are selected for condition as well as content. Many of our titles reflect the fact that we are located only a couple of blocks from the University of Kentucky. Our shop is pictured in Southern Writers, has been written up on the New York Times blog. and was used in a program produced for National Public Television. We have hosted readings as well as book signings of many regional authors, including Wendell Berry (of whom we have a large inventory)& Bobbie Ann Mason. E-mail us to be placed on our mailing list.