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Good history books on the Wild West


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I’m currently under the spell (again) of Red Dead, and whilst I’ve always been a fan of US history, I’ve not read a huge amount of it about it.


Has anyone got any recommendations. I’d rather have a good ‘general’ history of the period as opposed to a book which gets specific about certain characters or issues etc.



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Blood and thunder  by Hampton Sides gives a reasonable account of the expansion to the west and a brief sort of autobiography of Kit Carson. Reads like a thriller and is worth a look.

Blood Meridian is one of the nastiest and black hearted books I've ever read. It's fantastic.


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