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West Like Lightning

(2017)
A non fiction book by

 
 
The thrilling narrative history of one of the most enduring icons of the American West, the Pony Express, from the number-one New York Times best-selling co-author of American Sniper - an exciting tale of daring young men pushing limits to the extremes across the vast, rugged, and unsettled American West.

In the spring of 1860 on the eve of a civil war that threatened to tear the country apart, two Americans conceived of an audacious plan for linking the nation's two coasts, thereby joining its present with its future. All that stood in the way was a 1,900 miles of uninhabited desert, ice-capped mountains, oceanic plains roamed by hostile Indian tribes, whitewater-choked rivers, and rugged, unsettled frontier wilderness where "civilized" men where outnumbered a million to one by grizzlies, mountain lions, wolves, bison, rattlesnakes, and more. Many deemed their revolutionary scheme impossible. Run by the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, the Pony Express as it came to be known, would use a relay system of daring horseback riders to ferry mail and small packages halfway across a continent in just 10 days.

The challenges they faced were enormous, yet the Pony Express succeeded, delivering tens of thousands of letters at record speed. The service would quickly become the most direct means of communication between the Eastern United States and its Western territories, helping to firmly connect them to the Union. West Like Lightning traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri - the edge of the civilized world in the mid-19th century - 1,500 miles west to Sacramento. Jim DeFelice - who traveled the Express's route in his research - plumbs the legends, myths, and true facts of the service, viewing it within the context of the American story and exploring its lasting relevance today. Though the Pony Express was eclipsed by the telegraph in less than two years, it remains today an enduring symbol of American values: rugged individualism, perseverance, and speed.



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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
ISBN: 0-06-249676-X / 978-0-06-249676-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
ISBN: 0-06-249678-6 / 978-0-06-249678-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
ISBN: 1-5384-2009-0 / 978-1-5384-2009-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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June 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
ISBN: 1-5384-2011-2 / 978-1-5384-2011-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express: Library Edition
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
ISBN: 1-5384-2010-4 / 978-1-5384-2010-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Author(s): Jim DeFelice
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU