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Throne of grace : a mountain man, an epic adventure, and the bloody conquest of the American West / Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

Drury, Bob, (author.). Clavin, Tom, 1954- (author.).


"It is the early 19th century, and the land recently purchased by President Thomas Jefferson stretches west for thousands of miles. Who inhabits this vast new garden of Eden? What strange beasts and natural formations can be found? Thus was the birth of Manifest Destiny and the resulting bloody battles with Indigenous tribes encountered by white explorers. Also in this volatile mix are the grizzled fur trappers and mountain men, waging war against the Native American tribes whose lands they traverse. This is the setting of Throne of Grace, and the guide to this epic narrative is arguably America's greatest yet most unsung pathfinder, Jedediah Smith. His explorations into the forested frontiers on both sides of the Rocky Mountains and all the way to the West Coast would become the stuff of legend. Thanks to painstaking research and riveting writing, the story of the making of modern America is told through the eyes of both the ordinary and memorable men and women, settlers and Indigenous, who witnessed it. But it's Smith who drives the narrative with his trailblazing path through the unexplored terrain of the American West. Throne of Grace is a gripping yarn that drops the reader into the center of an underreported era and introduces one of the great explorers in American history." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250285836
  • ISBN: 1250285836
  • Physical Description: xii, 355 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 347-355).
Formatted Contents Note:
"Enterprising young men" -- Astor's folly -- The horse and the gun -- Shipwreck -- Hivernants -- A bloodstained beach -- The Missouri legion -- Les mauvais terres -- Hugh Glass -- South Pass -- The survivor -- Dead men walking -- Flathead post -- "A sly, cunning Yankey" -- "Shetskedee" -- Guns along the Bear -- "Randavouze Creek" -- Eastern stirrings -- "A country of starvation" -- A Spanish inquisition -- Dreams of cooling cascades -- Dueling warpaths -- Bloody Oregon -- Fort Vancouver -- "A throne of grace" -- The last trailhead -- "Where his bones are bleaching".
Subject: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831.
Explorers > West (U.S.) > Biography.
Fur trade > West (U.S.) > History > 19th century.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
West (U.S.) > Discovery and exploration.
West (U.S.) > History > To 1848.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 10 of 15 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Jefferson County.


  • 1 current hold with 15 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Arnold 978.0209 DRURY (Text) 30061100287396 New Books Checked out 06/08/2024
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