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    DescriptionIn the 1800s, the young Clarence King was an icon of the new America: a man of adventure and intellect, a flash-in-the-pan celebrity who combined science and exploration with romanticism and charm. Robert Wilson's biography, "The Explorer King," vividly depicts King's daredevil feats including his journey to the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, and uncovers the reasons for the shocking decline he suffered after his days on the American frontier. 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. Ultimately, King himself would come to symbolize the collision of science and business, one of the sources 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.

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    The Explorer King
    Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax: Clarence King in the Old West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 485 g
    ISBN 13: 9781593761615
    ISBN 10: 1593761619

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA, BGA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: RGR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: BIO023000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A16140000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040
    B&T Approval Code: A16350000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    DC21: 551.092
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 551.092
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QE22.K5 W55 2006B
    Thema V1.0: DNBA, DNBH1, RGR
    Edition statement
    Shoemaker & Hoa.
    Imprint name
    Shoemaker & Hoard, Div of Avalon Publishing Group Inc
    Publication date
    18 October 2007
    Publication City/Country