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The Mountain Men: The Dramatic History and Lore of the First Frontiersmen [Paperback]

By George Laycock, Paul Schullery (Introduction by) & Tom Beecham (Illustrator)
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Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1592286550  
EAN  9781592286553  

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MOUNTAINMAN CRAFTS & SKILLS (Lyons)David Montgomery Worst-case scenario and survival tactics everyone can use This is the all-new illustrated guide to surviving in the wilderness. Step-by-step instructions show you how to fashion tools and build a shelter as well as how to make traps, flasks, tents, and even clothes. There are easy-to-follow lessons in tanning animal hides, shooting with black powder, making a fire, cooking a hearty meal, and much more information that will impress even the experts This handbook has scores of other details about mountain living, folklore remedies, lifestyle habits, recipes, and campfire stories. A timeless guidebook as well as an entertaining reference to learn more about living. David Montgomery is Christine, please fill in}.

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good  Jul 9, 2008
I read this book outloud to hubby. As has been stated, this is an excellent book for a well rounded discussion of mountain men and individual mountain men. As such it left me wanting to know more about each of them. I felt the book was well researched. I recommend the book, especially to 'newbies' to early American old west history.
Survey of the Mountain Men  Nov 9, 2006
This is an excellent book to choose for a survey of the mountain man era. It covers all of the famous individuals, most with their own chapter. It also has some excellent presentations on various tools of the trade including their manufacture and use. In summary, a hard book to beat for a survey of that era and the individuals who made the era what is was.
Be warned, this is a teaser.  Jul 22, 2006
If you're interested in the lore of mountain men, then this book is for you. However, be warned that it contains just enough material to tease you and then, you'll want to continue your research with other books. This is the book that hooked me (well this and the movie Jeremiah Johnson). Laycock's book begins with a brief introduction on the history of St. Louis and the people that forged the youthful fur industry. Then, in the following chapters, you'll be introduced to a mountain man and his exploits per chapter. You'll read about Old Bill Williams, Jim Bridger, Jed Smith, Oz Russell, and more. Just to entice you further, Laycock includes these mini-chapters on how the mountain men survived such as: how he built boats, how he cached supplies, how he worked leather, started fires, built shelters, etc. Once I read this, my next books were on the lives of Osbourne Russell and Jed Smith. This is an interesting and tragic period in American History and one well worth researching.
Excellent Introduction to Mountain Men and their Lifestyle  Jan 23, 2006
Great introduction to the life of Mountain Men in a mere 240 pages. The book starts with several introductory chapters of how Mountain Men got started virtually with Lewis and Clark and then with various fur companies with such men as Manuel Lisa. The author then discusses their lifestyle, the mountains, what trapping was like, how they trapped beaver and their relationships with the Indians. The bulk of the rest of the book contains numerous short chapters on the most famous of the mountain men such as John Colter (perhaps the greatest), Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger, Tom Fiztpatrick, Kit Carson, James Beckworth, the Sublette brothers and several more. What makes the book unique are numerous intervening short sections discussing in detail, with pictures, the equipment or materials the trappers used. Everything from Bull boats, the various types of rifles including the famous Hawken (flint versus percussion), traps, leather clothes, tools and how their leather covers were made as well mocassins. The only negative is that some of the tall tales, which the Mountain Men wre famous for, are not always discriminated. An example is James Beckworth's claim that he ran 95 miles in a single day to escape a band of Indians, and another claimed they covered 150 miles in two days. Stonewall Jackson's corps was famous for covering 30 - 35 miles on relatively good roads, thus it is impossible to accept these numbers by the trappers who were in broken country. But overall, an excellent introduction to Mountain Men, each of which seemed to have several stories about running into a grizzly bear.
Real Men  Oct 28, 2003
If you love stories of the old West, this book is a must read!George Laycock does a nice job of giving us a good overview of this time period in our Western History. The book tells much about those days of trapping and exploring when the West was an unknown and unmapped area. In addition to telling the stories of several individual characters like John Colter, Jim Bridger, Hugh Glass, Jeidiah Smith and others, the author takes time to explain the fur trapping business. There are several sections in the book explaining weapons, traps, boats, clothing, tools, etc. The result is that the reader gets a good insight into what these men did and how they did it. The one drawback might be that some of the character studies are a bit short, often leaving the reader wanting more information. However, for a general overview of an important time in our early history, this is a wonderful book. I'd like to see this as required reading in our schools.

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