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The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West - Wilson, Robert
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In this, one of the year's most compelling biographies, Robert Wilson paints a brilliant portrait of Clarence King -- a scientist-explorer whose mountain-scaling, desert-crossing, river-fording, blizzard-surviving adventures helped create the new West of the nineteenth century. A sort of Howard Hughes of the 1800s, Clarence King in his youth was an icon of the new America: a man of both action and intellect, who combined science and adventure with romanticism and charm. "The Explorer King vividly depicts King's amazing feats and also uncovers the reasons for the shocking decline he suffered after his days on the American frontier. The Yale-educated King went west in 1863 at age twenty-one as a geologist-explorer. During the next decade he scaled the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada, published a popular book now considered a classic of adventure literature, initiated a groundbreaking land survey of the American West, and ultimately uncovered one of the greatest frauds of the century -- the Great Diamond Hoax, a discovery that made him an international celebrity at a time when they were few and far between. Through King's own rollicking tales, some true, some embroidered, of scaling previously unclimbed mountain peaks, of surviving a monster blizzard near Yosemite, of escaping ambush and capture by Indians, of being chased on horseback for two days by angry bandits, Robert Wilson offers a powerful combination of adventure, history, and nature writing. He also provides the bigger picture of the West at this time, showing the ways in which the terrain of the western United States was measured and charted and mastered, and how science, politics, and business began to intersect andinfluence one another during this era. Ultimately, King himself would come to symbolize the collision of science and business, possibly the source of his downfall. Fascinating and extensive, "The Explorer King movingly portrays the America of the nineteenth century and the man who -- for better or worse -- typified the soul of the era. The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West Wilson, Robert, Scribner Book Company

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Robert Wilson has breathed new life into the fascinating story of a largely forgotten but hugely important figure in American history. Clarence King's harrowing adventures and groundbreaking discoveries as a scientist-explorer in the nineteenth-century West are all here, thoroughly researched and wonderfully told, together with his visionary contributions to the surveying of the American landscape. It's a gripping and wholly satisfying read." -- Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers History History eBook, Scribner

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Scribner. Used - Like New. Very Good. Cloth, D-j. 2006. Originally published at $26.00.. May contain remainder mark. Otherwise, like new., Scribner

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Scribner, 2006-02-07. Hardcover. NF/NF. No tears or chips to the DJ. Interior clean and bright with tight binding., Scribner, 2006-02-07

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The Explorer King : Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West

One of the year's most compelling biographies provides a portrait of Clarence King, an elite scientist-explorer who helped to create the new West of the 19th century. Photos throughout.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780743260251
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0743260252
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Publishing year: 2006
Publisher: Scribner

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