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  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Jonah Hex

    Jonah Hex Legendary Pictures, 2010, rated PG-13. When all is said and done, Jonah Hex may not be the most incoherent action movie to hit screens this year, but it will probably be the most forgettable. Josh Brolin, deserving of a better...

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    Wild West Review: Red Dead Redemption

    Red Dead Redemption for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, by Rockstar Games, 2010, $59.99. Rockstar Games has revolutionized single-player gaming by providing an expansive, open world to roam rather than constraining players within linear...

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    Wild West Review: The Westerners

    The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers  by C. Courtney Joyner, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., 2009, $39.95. Perhaps the best low-budget big-screen Western of all time, The Tall T starred...

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    Wild West Review: Legal Executions in the Western Territories

    Legal Executions in the Western Territories, 1847– 1911 by R. Michael Wilson, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., 2010, $95.  Author R. Michael Wilson goes where other researchers fear to tread due to the daunting amount of work...

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    Wild West Review: Texas- A Historical Atlas

    Texas: A Historical Atlas by A. Ray Stephens, cartography by Carol Zuber Mallison, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, $39.95.  This excellent reference is an update of the Historical Atlas of Texas, with a new name and twice...

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    Wild West Review: Deadly Dozen

    Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West, Vol. 3 by Robert K. DeArment, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, $29.95.  The number of interesting frontiersmen known to have used their guns against other men is not...

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    Wild West Review: Alias Soapy Smith

    Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel by Jeff Smith, Klondike Research, Juneau, Alaska, 2009, $26.  Firearms figure only occasionally—albeit significantly when they do—in Jefferson Randolph Smith II’s life of...

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    Wild West Review: So Rugged and Mountainous

    So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California 1812–1848 by Will Bagley, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, $45.  “A tide of immigration appears to be moving this way rapidly,” Narcissa Whitman...

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    Wild West Book Review: Hancock’s War

    Hancock’s War: Conflict on the Southern Plains by William Y. Chalfant, Arthur H. Clark Co., Spokane, Wash., 2010, $59.95.  The idea behind Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock’s 1867 expedition was simple: A show of force by the U.S....

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    Wild West Book Review: Forts, Fights, and Frontier Sites

    Forts, Fights, and Frontier Sites: Wyoming Historic Sites  by Candy Moulton, High Plains Press, Glendo,Wyo., 2010, $17.95.  Candy Moulton is the perfect writer to highlight the historical places in her native state. From Almond...

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    Wild West Book Review: Robert Havlin Paul

    Robert Havlin Paul: Frontier Lawman, the Arizona Years  by Roy B.Young, Young & Sons Enterprises, P.O. Box 759, Apache, Okla., 73006, 2009, $29.95 (plus $4 shipping and handling)  Author Roy B. Young, who doubles as editor of...

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    Wild West Book Review: Lincoln Looks West

    Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific edited by Richard W. Etulain, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 2010, $34.95.  In his April 2009 Wild West cover story “Abraham Lincoln Looks West,” Richard W....

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    Wild West Book Review: Valentine T. McGillycuddy

    Valentine T. McGillycuddy: Army Surgeon, Agent to the Sioux by Candy Moulton, Arthur H. Clark Co., Norman, Okla., 2011.  Until the appearance of this meticulous biography, Valentine McGillycuddy’s renown, when recognized at all, has...

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    Wild West Book Review: The Last Stand

    The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn  by Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, New York, 2010, $30.  The Last Stand is the latest of more than 3,000 books written about George Custer and/or the Battle...

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    Wild West Review: Showdown!

    Showdown! Lionhearted Lawmen of Old California by William B. Secrest, Craven Street Books, Fresno, Calif., 2010, $15.95. The dependable Bill Secrest focuses on the lives and times of six lawmen who tamed California between the Gold Rush...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: Amelia

    Amelia Director: Mira Nair; Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson, Cherry Jones In the 72 years since her twin-engine Lockheed Electra vanished in the Central Pacific without a trace, Amelia...