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Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West

Jerry Enzler has captured Jim Bridger in exceptionally well-documented detail. His is an exciting and significant story, and Enzler has told it in thorough and readable prose. New dimensions of Bridger, never before published, are set forth. Bridger’s journey through history is extremely well mapped. This is lasting biography at its best.

Robert M. Utley, former chief historian for the National Park Service and author of several notable books including After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific.

This biography should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the fur and early era of overland travel.

Wild West: The American West Magazine.

The story of westward expansion is embodied in the biography of Jim Bridger – who came west with Ashley and Henry’s brigade of 100 young men in 1822 and who forged pathways that were followed by mountain men, emigrants, surveyors, scientists and the military. His story is as big as the West he called his home and now we have a biography that captures all the nooks and crannies, nuances and tales of Bridger. Just as Bridger left no area unexplored, biographer Jerry Enzler has left no stone unturned in writing Bridger’s life story. This is a remarkable book about a remarkable man.

Candy Moulton, author of The Mormon Handcart Migration: “Tounge nor pen can never tell the sorrow.”

Jerry Enzler’s Jim Bridger represents the most reliable, well-researched, and comprehensive biography of this western trailblazer, mountain man, army guide, and fort operator. Enzler offers readers a valuable reinterpretation of Bridger’s remarkable life.

Jay H. Buckley, Brigham Young University, author of William Clark: Indian Diplomat.

Jim Bridger is probably my favorite historical character, the one I would most like to meet in all of history.

Lee Whittlesey, former chief historian, Yellowstone National Park.

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