PATHFINDER: John C. Frémont and the Course of American Empire, Tom Chaffin

On one particularly splended morning, up at the Sierra Nevada's Carson Pass, I strapped on snowshoes and, led by mountaineer Bob Graham, hiked up to Frémont's "Long Camp," which the explorer established during his epic 1844 winter crossing of that range. Graham, a retired farmer from Sacramento--using Frémont's writings, modern topographical maps, and GPS technology--had discovered the site during his own rambles through the Sierra.

A new University of Oklahoma Press edition of Tom Chaffin's now classic Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire.

"The most eloquent, understanding, and yet very candid biography of Frémont that has appeared to date"--Howard R. Lamar, Yale University
A recent review of this reissue

Other books by Tom Chaffin

Fatal Glory: Narciso Lopez and the First Clandestine U. S. War Against Cuba
By Tom Chaffin
University of Virginia Press. November 1996 Now in paperback.

Sea of Gray : The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
By Tom Chaffin
Hill and Wang
Pub Date: 01/2006

Fall 2008:
The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy
By Tom Chaffin
Hill and Wang

And now two more from Tom Chaffin in 2014!
Giant's Causeway, Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and The Making of an American Visionary, and
Met His Every Goal? James A Polk and the Legends of Manifest Destiny

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