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Take Down
James Swain
Leading an Inspired Life
Jim Rohn
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H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger, Alan Moore
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Brandon Sanderson
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Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West - Hampton Sides This isn't your typical history book. Blood and Thunder tells the fascinating story of the legendary Kit Carson and his trials and tribulations in the Old American West. The narrative reads a lot like an exciting Western adventure novel, full of harrowing confrontations and larger than life characters. There's a lot of wonderful action and some very interesting facts I never knew about this era of American history.

Sides does an impressive job balancing the book between oppressed Navajo indians and the unyielding force of white settlers. Kit Carson is given a humanity I never knew about and his character arc in the book is truly remarkable. In the end I found the book satisfying, enlightening, and far too-fast a read.

Highly recommended!