Cities Of Gold

A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado

Cities Of Gold 0671869906
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Book ID 12421
Author Douglas Preston
Year Published 1993
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Format Paperback
Class Non Fiction
Category History
Sub Category American West
ISBN 0671869906
Condition Used
In Stock
Our Price $ 2.50

In 1540, driven by the promise of unlimited wealth, the Spanish explorer Coronado led the first European expedition through the American Southwest. In 1989, Douglas Preston re-created the experience of those conquistadores to learn how it felt to discover a new world and its inhabitants.

From Publishers Weekly

The Old West's last glimmers flicker through this piercingly beautiful adventure, an unforgettable saga in which Preston, astride his horse Popeye, traverses the desert and mountain wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico, retracing the trailblazing 1540-1541 expedition of Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Accompanied by a photographer friend, former Natural History columnist Preston (Dinosaurs in the Attic ) talks with Navahos, Zunis, Acomas, ranchers, cowboys, prospectors and rattlesnake hunters. His text shuttles back and forth in time, from the complex prehistoric civilization of the Anasazi Indians to the U.S. war against Apache chief Geronimo, whose followers were deported as prisoners of war to Florida, to the cautionary tale of a once-lush New Mexico valley (larger than Connecticut) reduced to desert by cattle herding and the clear-cutting of timber. In place of the mythical winning of the West, Preston unfolds a harrowing tale of loss. History Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. 
 
From Library Journal

With a friend, Preston ( Dinosaurs in the Attic: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the American Museum of Natural History , LJ 10/15/86), attempted to follow Coronado's 1540-41 exploration of the Southwest. This book is an account of their journey through Arizona and New Mexico in the spring of 1989. It is both history text and adventure yarn. It is also a good current cultural geography of the region, written in an entertaining as well as educational style. Preston succeeds in giving the reader a real feel for the country, as it is today and as it was 450 years ago. A map and a decent bibliography complement the text. Recommended for travel and history collections. History Book Club alternate.
- Thomas K. Fry, UCLA Libs.