I've always been fascinated with the exploits of the Mountain Men / Trappers that truely were the first to open up the west, but one man always stood out and that was, in my mind, Christopher "Kit" Carson.
I'm reading a book now titled "Blood and Thunder, The Epic story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West" by Hampton Sides and I can't put it down. It came out in 2006 and I wish I had bought it then.
My Pa had gave me his copy of "Kit Carson's Own Story of His Life" many years ago and it was and still is one of my favorite books and the start of my library of over 400 books on Old West topics. It was only 136 pages compared to almost 600 pages in Blood and Thunder so this book really expands on the exploits that Carson merely touches on in biography.
The hardships, the battles, the travels and the historical figures that are the basis of this book reads more like a novel than actual events.
I very seldom recommend historical non-fiction books, even though thats all I read, but this is a must read.