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Title:To Possess The Land: A Biography Of Arthur Rochford Manby
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Frank Waters
Publisher:Swallow Press
ISBN:0804009805
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To Possess The Land: A Biography Of Arthur Rochford Manby by Frank Waters

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC To Possess The Land: A Biography Of Arthur Rochford Manby Ambitious and only years old Arthur Manby arrived from England in the Territory of New Mexico in and saw in its wilderness an empire that he believed himself destined to rule For his kingdom he chose a vast Spanish land grant near Taos a wild acres whose ancient title was beyond question Obsessed he poured more than years into his dream of glory and schemed stole lied cajoled begged and bribed to take the vast grant from its rightful owners With great mastery Waters draws us into this obsession and the intense drama of these years is at once psychological and historical In May Manby came at last to possess the grant but within three years it had slipped again from his grasp .

The story does not end there and perhaps only Frank Waters could have portrayed the strange disintegration of Manby s personality as he aged his frantic but ingenious efforts to regain his land Among these was the creation of a secret society which terrorized whole towns and villages becoming so powerful that even Manby no longer knew all its members and workings At the same time he turned deeper inward locked and bolted his gates against the outside world which hated and feared him more than ever On July a swollen headless body was discovered in Manby s Taos home Some said it was murder others swore the body was not Manby s still others reported seeing him alive afterward The story blazed into national headlines and an official inquiry followed Step by step Waters takes us into the web of strange clues evidence more murders and complications an investigation which the New Mexican government inexplicably called to a halt The case remains the West s greatest unsolved mystery

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