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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

America's Westward Expansion

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Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

by Stephen Ambrose

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Ambrose recreates the high adventure and politics of late 18th-century America in this classic history, rich in details of Native American life, geography, flora and fauna. (USW20, $18.00)

The Essential Lewis and Clark

The Essential Lewis and Clark

by Landon Y. Jones | Meriwether Lewis | William Clark

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This compact book features selections from Lewis and Clark's journals focusing on natural history, people and landscapes of the West. (PNW70, $13.99)

Lewis & Clark, An Illustrated History

Lewis & Clark, An Illustrated History

by Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 248 PAGES

The handsomely produced companion volume to Ken Burns' PBS documentary film, featuring essays and 150 illustrations, most in full color. (PNW36, $45.00)

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians

by James P. Ronda

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

Ronda, a historian at the University of Tulsa, focuses on the various tribes encountered by Lewis and Clark, their ethnography and leaders. Originally published in 1984, this edition celebrates the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. (USW203, $19.95)

William Clark and the Shaping of the West

William Clark and the Shaping of the West

by Landon Y. Jones

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Jones captures the drama and significance of the life of Brigadier General William Clark in this vivid tale of the man and the ruthless, often lawless, expansion of the American frontier. (USW437, $19.95)

 
North American Indians

North American Indians


by George Catlin

  • JOURNAL
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

A painter and naturally acute observer, Catlin traveled in the Native American lands of the Great Plains from 1831 to 1837. These published journals provide a rare window into a civilization on the verge of annihilation. (USW532, $17.00)

On the River with Lewis and Clark

On the River with Lewis and Clark


by Verne Huser

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Popular lecturer and a veteran river man himself, Huser conjures in vivid detail the planning, particulars and perilous journey of Lewis and Clark from the Ohio to the Columbia. With 46 black-and-white photographs and maps. (PNW225, $17.95)

River of Promise, Lewis and Clark on the Columbia


by David L. Nicandri

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

Historian Nicandri focuses on Clark's position as geographic problem-solver in Columbia River country, taking into consideration contributions by Native American leaders. (PNW272, $29.95)

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition


by Harry W. Fritz

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

This scholarly overview of the famous expedition reveals how a series of unrelated events worked together to transform the dream of westward expansion into reality. Complete with maps, timelines and biographical sketches. (USW744, $49.95)

The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United the States


by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 463 PAGES

The New York Times bestselling author tells the story of how America became bonded in geography and citizenry. He treks vast swaths of territory, painting portraits of the men who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. (USA539, $29.99)

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest


by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 705 PAGES

A riveting, classic history of the Nez Perce from the encounters with Lewis and Clark to the tragic defeat of Chief Joseph in 1877. (PNW88, $38.95)

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey


by Lillian Schlissel

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

A fascinating, well researched selection of women's diaries and journals from the Wild West, including vivid accounts of buffalo hunts, Indian raids, childbirth under difficult circumstances, geological wonders and a telling amount of inward trepidation. With black-and-white photographs throughout. (USW395, $16.95)

America Discovered, A Historical Atlas of Exploration

America Discovered, A Historical Atlas of Exploration


by Derek Hayes

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Derek Hayes artfully traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of North America in 300 beautiful map in this sumptuous book, a testimony not only to Columbus, Coronado, Hudson, Lewis and Clark and others but also to the prairies, plains, waterways and mountains of the continent. (NAM22, $35.00)

Lewis and Clark, Partners in Discovery

Lewis and Clark, Partners in Discovery


by John E. Bakeless

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 498 PAGES

Applying his own original research and the journals of expedition members, Bakeless has put together an authoritative biography of the two explorers. (USW376, $14.95)

Out West

Out West


by Dayton Duncan

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

In this spirited tale of history, exploration and travel, Duncan recounts his adventures in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark (USW374, $24.95)

American Sphinx

American Sphinx


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

More character study than strict biography, this celebrated book describes and defines Thomas Jefferson's beliefs, influences and aspirations. (USA51, $16.95)

Sacajawea

Sacajawea


by Harold P. Howard

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1979
  • PAPER

The Lewis and Clark Expedition as told through the story of Sacajawea, their young Shoshoni guide. (USW405, $19.95)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

The Journals of Lewis and Clark


by Meriwether Lewis | William Clark | Bernard DeVoto

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

A classic condensed version of the Lewis and Clark journals, originally published in 1953 and long the standard. (PNW96, $15.95)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

The Journals of Lewis and Clark


by Meriwether Lewis | William Clark | Anthony Brandt | Herman Viola

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES

A single-volume, newly abridged edition of Lewis and Clark's journals. In an effort to make the text more accessible, the editors provide synopses for deleted sections and have cleaned up Lewis and Clark's notoriously poor spelling and grammar. (PNW152, $16.00)

The True Account

The True Account


by Howard Frank Mosher

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Not true at all, Mosher's fast-paced novel is an enjoyable, madcap tale of Lewis and Clark and a wholly invented, competing expedition involving an eccentric Vermont school teacher. (PNW180, $18.95)

The Natural World of Lewis and Clark

The Natural World of Lewis and Clark


by David Dalton

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 244 PAGES

A biology professor at Reed College, Dalton writes with humor and authority about the discoveries of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the ecology and evolution of the American West. Particularly relevant to the Pacific Northwest, he includes modern concerns over salmon, climate change and conservation. (PNW254, $45.00)

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