Great River The Rio Grande in North American History Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History Winner of the Bancroft Prize in History Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize for History Great River was hailed as a literary master

  • Title: Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History
  • Author: Paul Horgan
  • ISBN: 9780819562517
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 1954 Winner of the Bancroft Prize in History 1954 Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize for History, Great River was hailed as a literary masterpiece and enduring classic when it first appeared in 1954 It is an epic history of four civilizations Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo American that people thWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 1954 Winner of the Bancroft Prize in History 1954 Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize for History, Great River was hailed as a literary masterpiece and enduring classic when it first appeared in 1954 It is an epic history of four civilizations Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo American that people the Southwest through ten centuries With the skill of a novelist, the veracity of a scholar, and the love of a long time resident, Paul Horgan describes the Rio Grande, its role in human history, and the overlapping cultures that have grown up alongside it or entered into conflict over the land it traverses Now in its fourth revised edition, Great River remains a monumental part of American historical writing.

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    1. Paul Horgan says:

      Paul Horgan was an American author of fiction and non fiction, most of which was set in the Southwestern United States He was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for History The New York Times Review of Books said of him, in 1989 With the exception of Wallace Stegner, no living American has so distinguished himself in both fiction and history.



    2 thoughts on “Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History

    1. "There was no record but memory and it became tradition and then legend and then religion." Then Paul Horgan compiled the religion and called it history. This book is initially promising, with language and delivery impressive enough that I was willing to forgive it the abstract and mythological way it deals with the lifestyles of prehistorical Americans. Unfortunately, with the entry of Europeans the book falls in line like a jackbooted soldier for the Holy Roman Empire. It isn't long before we' [...]

    2. A monumental history of the mangy changes of civilization along the Rio Grande from the golden age of Pueblo culture to the frictions between the U.S. and Mexico in the early 20th century. Along the way we meet conquistadors, friars, explorers, filibusters, warriors, and farmers. The language is wonderful: even the most rigorously historical segments evoke a dreamy quality. I could easily imagine the very tenor of a river cutting through dry country. Take your time! This one is huge, but well wo [...]

    3. A must read, if the river has in any way ever shaped your life that you're aware of. Read it anyway if you've lived within 200 miles of it, because if you had, the river and the peoples who have come to live on it has probably has influenced you in ways you're likely not even aware. I wish I could find this same type of history, in terms of depth and richness, for many other "geographical/sociological" regions, as Horgan did so uniquely, and so thoroughly, for the Rio Grande.

    4. I have to admit, this is one of the few books that I finally gave up on. Much too much detail for my purposes. Well written history of the Rio Grande and I would have completed it if I were writing a paper on the area. As it was, I was looking for more of an overview.

    5. How persistent the Spanish explorers of the Rio Grande were. While America was being founded between Boston and Philadelphia, great things were happening 2,000 miles away on a muddy river in what would later be called New Mexico.

    6. A leisurely, comprehensive, and novelistic history of New Mexico and Texas from the earliest times up to the Mexican revolution. Some of the observations of national character are outdated, but these are obvious and more than made up for by passages of beautiful prose and brilliant storytelling.

    7. won the Pulitzer Prizee best book ever written on the history of the Rio Grande Rivera must read for all people in the southwest

    8. Highly readable but rather fictionalized account of the history which took place along this river in the development of the United States.

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