West Like Lightning by Jim DeFelice

West Like Lightning

The #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of American Sniper brings the Pony Express to life in this rich and rollicking new history"One can hear horse hooves pounding across the prairie and sense the fear and courage and excitement." —Tom Clavin, author of Dodge CityOn the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to create a financial empire by transforming communications across the hostile territory between...


Details West Like Lightning

TitleWest Like Lightning
ISBN9780062496799
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Historical, Literature, 19th Century, North American Hi..., American History
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Reviews West Like Lightning

  • Kim McGee
    1970-01-01
    The Pony Express was a doomed idea from the start but some how this hair brained scheme connected the country from St. Joseph Missouri to Sacramento California in record time. In 1860 it could take six months or longer for a letter to make it from one coast to the other. The Pony Express riders rode a long day at top speed with minimal stops in any kind of weather to deliver not only personal and business mail but also national news. Jim DeFelice...
  • Joseph Williams
    1970-01-01
    Listened to the audio. Reader is perfect for this topic.The author offers an expansive history of the Pony Express contextualizing it within its time. There are often many side tangents, but I found these to be more fun than engaging. The author’s humor also prevails throughout ultimately making this a great, accessible book not just of the narrow topic of the Pony, but of the Old West, and America.
  • D.J. Hamon
    1970-01-01
    A fantastic telling of an epic time. DeFelice has a huge task filtering through legends (and outright lies) while presenting truth. He does a fine job of keeping the story straight while paying a sort of homage to the legends and tales that have defined the Pony Express.Each era has its own values, and some 19th century values would make one wince if expressed today. The topics of racism, slavery, and Indian relations are presented with due regar...
  • Ralphz
    1970-01-01
    Right away, one of the most amazing facts about the legendary Pony Express is that it lasted a mere 18 or so months. And another of the most amazing facts is that it was intended to exist only a short time.The Pony Express ran mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. But it was only a demonstration for the men who started it. They really wanted a normal mail contract from the U.S. government, and the Pony, as it was called, was ...
  • Janice
    1970-01-01
    I think this could have been an interesting book, but the way it was told totally bored me. The author tried to place the pony express within historical context, but IMHO, it didn't work. There didn't seem to be any logic to how the story was told...he went off on so many tangents. I think his book took longer to read than the pony express existed!
  • Northumberland
    1970-01-01
    The #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of American Sniper brings the Pony Express to life in this rich and rollicking new history"One can hear horse hooves pounding across the prairie and sense the fear and courage and excitement." —Tom Clavin, author of Dodge City