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Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado Hardcover – Nov 1992

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671737597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671737597
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,396,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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aThe Old Westas 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. . . . In place of the mythical winning of the West, Preston unfolds a harrowing tale of loss.a --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nom de Plume on 27 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
I have not read any of Doug Preston's fiction, but his travels in the American South West are riveting. If you have an interest in Spanish-American History, the tribes past and present of the South West USA or just of adventuring out there, then this is a book you cannot fail to enjoy.
Eschewing the usual routes and modes of transportation Preston and his companions ride on horseback across some of the least populated and bleakest, yet most beautiful landscapes in America - the deserts of Southern Arizona and New Mexico and the resulting story is riveting. A blend of history, fact, travelogue and adventure it left me amazed at his accomplishment and touched by his enthusiasm for his subjects.
If you enjoy this book try reading his later journey across the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona - Talking To the Ground. I've ridden parts of that trip on horseback with local people who know the trails and it is HARD! So I know first hand that Doug Preston can be relied upon to "tell it like it is".
Most people won't ever get, or want, to ride out to places where water is skimmed out of a tank covered in green slime, but this book takes you there without the discomfort. Just keep a cool drink handy when reading it!
Highly recommended for anyone interested in a good read.
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Format: Hardcover
Doug Preston needs no introduction as a writer - this book is the bench-mark in 'horse travel' writing from some-one with a deep love, knowledge and respect for the subject matter.

Imagine Indiana Jones pursuing a legend of gold... Doug, along wth the exceptionallly talented photographer Walter Nelson, this is a gritty warts and all documentary what it was like to ride unsupported, through America' toughest landscape in Arizona and New Mexico. Description and detail are first-class. Doug takes you there, spares nothing. Was a great help for me preparing for technical difficulties of mounting an expedition, by discussing the land, how horses fare, brutal conditions and a sharp reminder 'riding into the sunset' is a short-term feel-good factor.

Exceptional, a must-have read for anyone interested in the desert-southwest, Indian culture and those planning a horse trek of serious proportions.

Simon Casson, author: "Riding The Outlaw Trail in the Footsteps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
I found the mix of history and interviews with current residents quite rivoting. Traveling the southwest after reading this book made the trip particularly exciting.
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I first read this after visiting New Mexico. It is a truly awesome place - in many ways the least American part of America I have seen. I wanted to know more about the area and this book was a great find. It gives an account of a horseback ride through the remotest parts of Arizona and into New Mexico following the route taken by the first Spanish explorers several hundreds of years ago. The author has excellent descriptive powers and I thoroughly enjoyed the intertwining of the history of the region with the narrative of the journey.
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By Luc Schevernels on 5 Dec. 2014
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Great starter for some of te other books by Preston & child;
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