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Eye of the Blackbird: A Story of Gold in the American West Paperback – April, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Holly has thoroughly researched the flight plan, bringing the reader along many threads on the ascent which become woven into a cohesive story of the west. Holly has mastered the art of building a solid platform and lifting the reader along with the story. This style is refreshing compared to the typical self proclaimed naturalist style of relating their view with the condescending undertone screeching; if you don't see it, you don't belong in the club.
This book is a treasure and I'm certain that Holly will eventually gain the recognition she deserves.
Great story about a woman in the wilds surviving just like they did 100 years ago.
Skinner is a perfect person to tell these stories, what with her family background in Wyoming and her own formidable geological skills. She patiently explains the economics of converting from prospector to miner, and she makes it clear that she is the former. She seems to have panned colors from every major and minor creek near her, and even tried tracking down a rumored Spanish diggings. She understands the lure of prospecting, the excitement of gold fever, and how it drove even those who struck it rich to return again and again to the mountains.
Skinner is both a story-teller and a reporter, and she has done an impressive job of weaving in facts, figures, biographies, and tragedies. She allows herself to be the focal point that keeps everything tied together, but manages to stay almost as mysterious at the end as she is in the beginning.
My only quibble is a small one - I'd like to see more maps. I've been to South Pass and seen the area, but I found myself pulling up a few of my own maps to get a clearer picture.Read more ›