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Ark of Empire

By Dale Van Every

A vigorous account of the pivotal post-Revolutionary era of the American Frontier, where the young nation struggled to forge an empire from the wilderness…

Noted historian Dale Van Every continues his monumental history of the American Frontier in this crucial study, describing the perilous crises that threatened the young republic during the period when she struggled to remain one nation instead of becoming many.

In this third volume of his major work, The Frontier People of America, the renowned historian tells how the Indians, allied with the British and Spanish, nearly won the battle for the West; how economic and military instability left the new frontiers dangerously unprotected, and finally, how the vision of leaders such as Washington, Jefferson, and Adams helped forge the government that was to unite a territory as large as Western Europe…

Born in 1896, American author Dale Van Every turned out a number of volumes on American history, including a biography of Charles Lindbergh. Van Every was also a busy playwright in the 1920s; his Broadway offering Telling the World was filmed in 1929, whereupon the writer set up shop in Hollywood. His screenplays include the literary adaptations Trader Horn (1931) and Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). In 1937, he shared an Oscar nomination for the film version of Kipling’s Captains Courageous. In 1940, Dale Van Every produced the Paramount actioner Rangers of Fortunes, then returned to screenwriting, remaining in this field until 1957.

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