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The Resource Cities of gold : a journey across the American Southwest in Coronado's footsteps, Douglas Preston

Cities of gold : a journey across the American Southwest in Coronado's footsteps, Douglas Preston

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Cities of gold : a journey across the American Southwest in Coronado's footsteps
Title
Cities of gold
Title remainder
a journey across the American Southwest in Coronado's footsteps
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Preston
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Language
eng
Summary
Douglas Preston's Cities of Gold is a riveting account of his journey in the footsteps of Coronado, the legendary 16th-century explorer and conquistador who led the first European expedition through the American Southwest. Preston and a friend, Walter Nelson, set out on horseback across one thousand miles of vast deserts and unknown mountains retracing Coronado's search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Forced to battle extremes of heat and cold, impenetrable mesquite, thickets, bad water, and paralyzing drought, they nonetheless find the country awesome in its scale and beauty - with much of it so untouched that it is recognizable from descriptions in Coronado's reports. Where Preston encounters various people - cowboys, ranchers, crazy old eccentrics - he listens to them talk about their lives, about growing up, and how the West has changed. His journey also takes him through a number of isolated Indian settlements, where he meets some of the actual descendants of the people who fought Coronado. At the heart of the book is Preston's search for a new understanding of that shocking moment when Europeans first fought Indians within the borders of what would become America - and the fatal consequences that resulted. For what Preston finds when he rediscovers the actual ruins of the Seven Cities of Gold, as well as in the haunting stories of the Indians, and the reminiscences of the old cowboys and ranchers, is not the triumph of Manifest Destiny, but something far more complex and mysterious. "The great myth of the American West," Preston writes, "is that there was a winning of it." Cities of Gold weaves in his adventures along the trail with unforgettable portraits of such Indian leaders as Geronimo, Cochise, and the Zuni governor Palowahtiwa, lively stories of gun battles and feuds, and memories of cattle drives, dust, and the vanished open range. Preston's vivid descriptions of the landscapes, people and history of the American Southwest put him in the company of such distinguished travel writers as Paul Theroux, Ian Frazier, and Jonathan Raban. In the end, Cities of Gold leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of the Southwest - as it was when Europeans first saw it and what it has become today. Like Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, it has the unmistakable ring of a classic
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
GZX
Dewey number
917.904
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F787
LC item number
.P74 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Cities of gold : a journey across the American Southwest in Coronado's footsteps, Douglas Preston
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Publication
Note
"A Touchstone book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 468-470) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33231306
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Touchstone ed.
Extent
480 pages
Isbn
9780671869908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Signed by author. Item laid in: 1 notecard containing post-it note. Paperbound.
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maps
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(OCoLC)33231306
Label
Cities of gold : a journey across the American Southwest in Coronado's footsteps, Douglas Preston
Publication
Note
"A Touchstone book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 468-470) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33231306
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Touchstone ed.
Extent
480 pages
Isbn
9780671869908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Signed by author. Item laid in: 1 notecard containing post-it note. Paperbound.
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)33231306

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