Louis L'Amour: A Biography

by Anita Y. Tsuchiya

What's in the book?

The life and times of Louis L'Amour, in one convenient little book.

    • The Last Cowboy
    • Have Mind, Will Travel
    • The Maverick Years
    • A Fistful of Stories
    • The Lone Writer
    • The Good, the Bad, and the Rest
    • The Sacketts: A Personal History of the American Frontier
    • Recent news
    • Attributed quotes
    • Interesting Facts
    • Conclusion: Our American Story
    • Sources

Description

ABOUT THE BOOK

Louis L’Amour was born in the right place, at the right time—the railroad/cattle town of Jamestown, North Dakota just past the turn of the 20th century. By the time of his birth in 1908, much of the surrounding area was well established as farmland. Even further out in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah, the “wild” West was disappearing rapidly, domesticated by barb-wire fencing, railroads, and federal land distribution.

Had he been born even a decade later, Louis would have resided in a very different place. In the 1920s, the cattle industry was decimated by the Midwest bank failures that would eventually lead to the Great Depression. It’s not hard to imagine how few frontiersmen would have still been around had L’Amour come of age after the Depression instead of in the midst of it.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Anita is el presidente y peón of Sabaku, Inc., a marketing services company that provides writing, editing, research, analysis and consulting for a diverse assortment of clientèle. The loves of her life are split into two seasons: during the fall/winter she pursues a degree in Japanese language, and spends spring/summer joyfully immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of minor league baseball. A retired speed-freak and super-jock, her current life is moderately active. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, and her almae matres include San Leandro High and U.C. Davis. In fact, she remembers what San Jose looked like before Silicon Valley. Now happily settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, she shares her home with a pair of mixed-mutt bundles of canine goodness named Molly and Linus.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

In 1920, after years of providing guarantees on agricultural land sales and crop pricing, the government ended these protections. Prices fell, sparking an epidemic of bank failures and farm foreclosures across the Midwest. North Dakota was hit particularly hard by the bank closures, having already suffered through crop failures over the last few seasons. No one had money for food and utilities, much less luxuries such as new machines.

The financial woes of the agricultural markets snowballed, impacting the national economy until one fateful day—October 29, 1929. Stock values on the New York Stock Exchange crashed, costing investors $5 billion in three days. This was the beginning of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

By this time, John and Louis were the only children still living at home. His older brothers, Parker and Yale, and sister Emma had gone on to college and careers. The LaMoores left North Dakota in search of work, moving through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and finally, Washington. During this time, Louis took what work he could find: skinning carcasses, bailing hay, mining, and milling lumber.



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