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ISBN:
0806137215
Author:
Sheldon Russell
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University of Oklahoma Press; 1St Edition edition (February 13, 2006)
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On a fateful day in 1889, the Oklahoma land rush begins, and for thousands of settlers the future is up for grabs.

On a fateful day in 1889, the Oklahoma land rush begins, and for thousands of settlers the future is up for grabs. One of those pioneers is Creed McReynolds, fresh from the East with a lawyer's education and a head full of ambition. In recounting the precipitous rise and catastrophic fall of the jerrybuilt city of Guthrie, author Sheldon Russell immerses us in the lives of Creed and other memorable characters whose aspirations ultimately helped tame the frontier-and whose fates hold lessons as important today as they were more than a hundred years ago. Like many others, Creed McReynolds is swept into the whirlwind of greed and deception.

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Dreams to Dust takes readers back to the early days of Oklahoma Territory-a sometimes dangerous . On a fateful day in 1889, the Oklahoma land rush begins, and for thousands of settlers the future is up for grabs.

Dreams to Dust takes readers back to the early days of Oklahoma Territory-a sometimes dangerous place filled with nefarious dealings, where violence lurks behind even casual encounters-to tell the story of frontier men and women gambling everything to find their fortune on the windswept southern plains. One of those people is Creed McReynolds, fresh from the East with a lawyer’s education and a head full of aspirations.

Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush. The Oklahoma Land Rush (Lucky Luke). From DJ flap - The great rush for the Oklahoma lands in 1889 was more than a regional event - it was a national excitement comparable to the California and Colorado gold rushes and involved people form all parts of the country. Some were honest, God-fearing citizens; some were not. Book is the first study to take an in-depth looks at what really took place before and after. Hardcover: 288 pages.

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On a fateful day in 1889, the Oklahoma land rush begins, and for thousands of settlers the future is up for grabs. One of those people is Creed McReynolds, fresh from the East with a lawyer?s education and a head full of aspirations.

Dr. Sheldon Russell has taught at the University of Louisville and is professor emeritus at University of Central Oklahoma. He is the author of four previously published novels

Dr. He is the author of four previously published novels. Empire, a suspense novel; two historic frontier novels, The Savage Trail and Requiem at Dawn, which was voted a Finalist in the 2001 Western Writers of America, Inc. Spur Awards competition; and Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, which won the 2006 Langum Prize for Excellence in American Historical Fiction. No commitment, cancel anytime.

On a fateful day in 1889, the Oklahoma land rush begins, and for thousands of settlers the future is up for grabs. One of those people is Creed McReynolds, fresh from the East with a lawyer’s education and a head full of aspirations. The mixed-blood son of a Kiowa mother and a U.S. Cavalry doctor, Creed lands in Guthrie station, the designated Territorial Capital, where he must prove that he is more than the half-blood kid once driven from his own land.

In recounting the precipitous rise and catastrophic fall of the jerrybuilt city of Guthrie, author Sheldon Russell immerses us in the lives of Creed and other memorable characters whose ambitions echo the taming of the frontier―and whose fates hold lessons as important today as they were more than a hundred years ago.

Among the people McReynolds must contend with is Abaddon Damon. A ruthless newspaper publisher, Abaddon is quick to strike any bargain that will bring him the power he craves, and like many others, Creed McReynolds is swept into his whirlwind of greed and deception. Creed becomes the wealthiest man in the Territory―but at an unbearable cost to himself, the dreams of others, and the dignity of his mother’s people.

Dreams to Dust takes readers back to the early days of Oklahoma Territory―a sometimes dangerous place filled with nefarious dealings, where violence lurks behind even casual encounters―to tell the story of frontier men and women gambling everything to find their fortune on the windswept southern plains.

 

 

  • MEGA FREEDY
Great characters, the story pulls you along at a rapid pace. Recommend for those who are interested in Oklahoma history.
  • Jarortr
Great book about how Oklahoma was settled
  • Raniconne
It helps me a lot with my ENG class study though some are hard to understand
Overall, it is a good textbook
  • Vichredag
Using pure fictionalized people, the author gives readers an inside look into what really went on in Oklahoma.
  • Kipabi
What a great book. I am from Oklahoma so maybe that is why I loved it so. Sheldon Russel is an author that I find easy to read and extremely enjoyable. I watch for his books and read them as fast as they arrive.
  • Syleazahad
DREAMS TO DUST

A tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush

By Sheldon Russell

University of Oklahoma Press: Norman

ISBN 0-8061-3721-5

Copyright 2006 by University of Oklahoma Press

BOOK REVIEW BY CAROLYN BRANCH LEONARD 2/10/2006

Standing at the foot of Mavis's grave, Jerome held his hat in his hands.

"You danced your dance," he whispered, "and left your memory burned in my soul. Now, I will dance mine, and leave my mark upon this land."

This quote from Dreams to Dust, by Sheldon Russell, represents the author's profound understanding of the birth of Oklahoma by land run in 1889, and his brilliant gift for capturing the dramatic events and violent conflict that shaped the legends of our epic West. Dreams to Dust is a rip-roaring tale of the history, land and people of a city born grown in one day - a day of chaos, unique adventure, risk and total confusion. The author knows his subject well, researched it thoroughly and told his story faithfully in a writing style unique to him ...and what an exciting story he has to tell. Dreams to Dust presents many facts revealed in fictional format, such as the station that becomes Guthrie - the first state capitol, abandoned as result of one frontier newspaperman's greed, with the capitol seal stolen away in the dark of night.

Not since James Michener's Centennial has history been told in such a spellbinding way. From the opening line when Creed McReynolds locks his legs against the inside of a rail car, I felt relentlessly carried along on his journey and unable to get off the train until turning the final pages in the wee small hours of morning.

McReynolds, half-breed son of a U.S. Cavalry doctor, becomes just one of an assortment of powerful, unforgettable characters; like the girl with sapphire eyes, or the French architect who designed beautiful buildings of stone, the dog they called Flea Bag, hard-scrabble entrepreneurs who became tycoons, and an orphan boy forced to grow up too soon.

The author speaks in language of the time, through the voices of homesteaders, sooners, cowboys, claim jumpers, soldiers, railroad bulls, mail-order wives, opportunists and common thieves, steadfast men, women and children who come to build their homes and seek their fortunes on former Indian lands. The three million acres of the `89ers are outside the authority of Indian government, and without civil law. Nothing is spared: danger, brutality, hunger, sudden death, the loss of youth and innocence, prejudice, natural disasters, promiscuous women, even the unselfish friendship and love that McReynolds unexpectedly finds in this barren land.

But what comes through strongest is the idea that each man and woman has an innate dream to possess land and prosper on it; a compulsion capable of redeeming a soul or destroying a life. We are subtly reminded that this land - which McReynolds fights so hard to claim - originally was given in peace treaties to his mother's people by the US government.

Even the closing graphs present a ripping good read with a hint of Hemingway:

"As he climbed from the meadow, the air smelled scrubbed and clean, and a soft breeze blew through the trees. At the dugout he stopped, laying his hand on the door, listening to the sounds of the mountain. It was here that he and Alida had been the happiest, had built traps and laughed about hoopers, had made love and planned their future."

.....But no matter what the future held, this much he knew: this land was where he belonged; this land was where he'd stay.
  • Datrim
Hard to believe the same guy who wrote "Empire" wrote "Dreams to Dust" what a vast improvement on story telling. Dreams to Dust is a great historical fiction that centers around the founding of Guthrie Station, OK. The characters are diverse and well developed. This was a fun book to read.
This story is sooo close to fact one feels like they are part of the land run.