The Explorer King

by Robert Wilson

A portrait of a scientist-explorer whose mountain-scaling, desert-crossing, river-fording, blizzard-surviving adventures helped create the new West of the nineteenth century. 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. He went west in 1863 at age 21 as a geologist-explorer. During the next decade he scaled the Sierra Nevada, published a book now considered an adventure classic, initiated a groundbreaking land survey, and ultimately uncovered one of the greatest frauds of the century--the Great Diamond Hoax--making him an international celebrity at a time when there were few. The book also provides the bigger picture of the West at this time, showing the ways in which the terrain was measured and charted and mastered, and how science, politics, and business began to intersect and influence one another during this era.--From publisher description.

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Full Title: The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--clarence King in the Old West
Author: Robert Wilson
Publisher: Scribner / Simon & Schuster
Date Published: February 07, 2021
Copyright Year: 2006
Format: eBook, Blio
Platform: XPS Enabled
Platform: Windows 8 Enabled
Length: 320 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 0743289005 / 9780743289009
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs / Sport & Adventure
Biographies & Memoirs / Historical
History / United States History / 19th Century
Audience: General Adult