Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men

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Tom Doherty Associates, Nov 29, 2005 - History - 336 pages
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Stunningly portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Golden Globe Award-winning and twelve-time Academy Award nominated film The Revenant, mountain man Hugh Glass’s harrowing journey 300 miles to civilization after being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead is just one of the incredible adventures Spur Award Winning author Win Blevins explores in the New York Times bestseller, Give Your Heart to the Hawks.

In addition to the captivating story of Hugh Glass, Win Blevins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless "first Westerners" who explored the Great American West from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s. As trappers in a hostile, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who followed them. Here, among many, are the enthralling stories of:


* John Colter, who, in 1808, naked and without weapons or food, escaped captivity by the Blackfeet and ran and walked 250 miles to Fort Lisa at the mouth of the Yellowstone River;
* Kit Carson, who ran away from home at age 17, became a legendary mountain man in his 20s and served as scout and guide for John C. Fremont's westward explorations of the 1840s;
* Jedediah Smith, a tall, gaunt, Bible-reading New Yorker whose trapping expeditions ranged from the Rockies to California and who was killed by Comanches on the Cimarron in 1831.

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Western novelist Blevins (Ravenshadow, 1999, etc.) spins robust, theatrical and mostly true tales of early-19th-century American mountain men.He comes at the stories with gusto, dramatizing to a ... Read full review

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I did not actually finish this book. Even after a good deal of effort, I could not really get into. Such is life at times. Read full review

Contents

An Introduction to the 40th Anniversary Edition
The First Mountain
FIRST INTERLUDE
SECOND INTERLUDE
Yarning
Quest for Buenaventura
Rendezvous
The BuffaloCuisine Première
Mountain Craft
Mountain Mating
EIGHTH INTERLUDE
NINTH INTERLUDE
Alpenglow
Chronology of the Fur Trade
Bibliography
Acknowledgments

Rescue in Californy

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Win Blevins is the author of a dozen novels, several volumes of informal history, and Dictionary of the American West. Among his awards: In 2003 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named him Writer of the Year, Stone Song, won the a Spur Award and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Fiction. Win's his first novel in the Forge "Rendezvous" series, So Wild a Dream, won the Spur award for Best Novel of the West in 2004.

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