A Newer World
Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and the Claiming of the American WestBook - 2000
Drawing on little-known primary sources, as well as his own travels through the lands Fremont and Carson explored, David Roberts recreates their expeditions in a harrowing narrative of hardship, adventure, and glory. His portrayal of the boastful, outspoken, but undeniably intrepid Fremont, the most famous man of his day, is an important act of historical rediscovery. His unforgettable portrait of the illiterate mountain man Kit Carson's transformation from guiltless Indian fighter into an Indian advocate is this book's crowning achievement.
A splendid reconstruction of a major turning point in American history, A Newer World portrays the triumph of opening the West without ever letting us forget the cultural tragedy that this inflicted on the Native American.