To possess the land: a biography of Arthur Rochford Manby

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
Ambitious and only 24 years old, Arthur Manby arrived from England in the Territory of New Mexico in 1883, 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 100,000 acres whose ancient title was beyond question. Obsessed, he poured more than 20 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 1913, 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 3, 1929, 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.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780804009805
9780804006477
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID181e8a66-2026-5a12-b5ba-46edc0cb0bb2
Grouping Titleto possess the land a biography of arthur rochford manby
Grouping Authorwaters frank
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-08-01 04:17:26AM
Last Indexed2019-10-19 04:27:47AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorWaters, Frank, 1902-1995.
author_displayWaters, Frank
available_at_santafeMain Library
Oliver La Farge Branch
collection_santafeSouthwest
detailed_location_santafeLa Farge Southwest
Main Southwest Room
Main Southwest Room Ref
display_description
format_category_santafeBooks
format_santafeBook
id181e8a66-2026-5a12-b5ba-46edc0cb0bb2
isbn9780804006477
9780804009805
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13111061.i16533677Main Southwest RoomBIO MANBY, A1falsefalse*CHECK SHELF*msw
ils:.b10534702.i10993642La Farge SouthwestBIO MANBY, A1falsefalse*CHECK SHELF*lsw
ils:.b10534702.i14435226Main Southwest RoomBIO MANBY, A1falsefalse*CHECK SHELF*msw
ils:.b10534702.i10993654Main Southwest RoomBIO MANBY, A1falsefalse*CHECK SHELF*msw
ils:.b10534702.i1777441xMain Southwest Room RefBIO MANBY, A1falsefalseLIB USE ONLYmswr
itype_santafeReference
Regular Circ
last_indexed2019-10-19T10:27:47.255Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_santafeBIO MANBY, A
owning_library_santafeSanta Fe Public Library
owning_location_santafeMain Library
Oliver La Farge Branch
primary_isbn9780804009805
publishDate1974
1993
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13111061BookBooks1st Swallow Press/Ohio University Press pbk. ed.EnglishSwallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1993.viii, 287 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ils:.b10534702BookBooks[1st ed.]EnglishSage Books, [1974, c1973]viii, 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_santafe
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13111061.i16533677On Shelf*CHECK SHELF*falsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b10534702.i10993642On Shelf*CHECK SHELF*falsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b10534702.i14435226On Shelf*CHECK SHELF*falsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b10534702.i10993654On Shelf*CHECK SHELF*falsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b10534702.i1777441xLibrary Use OnlyLIB USE ONLYfalsetruefalsefalsetruetrue
subject_facetLand grants -- New Mexico -- Taos County -- History
Manby, Arthur Rochford, -- 1859?-1929?
Taos County (N.M.) -- Biography
Taos County (N.M.) -- History
title_displayTo possess the land : a biography of Arthur Rochford Manby
title_fullTo possess the land : a biography of Arthur Rochford Manby / Frank Waters
title_shortTo possess the land
title_suba biography of Arthur Rochford Manby
topic_facetHistory
Land grants
Manby, Arthur Rochford