Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:37 am
Jared Orsi's biography of Zebulon Pike seeks to rejuvenate the reputation of the once-celebrated explorer.
Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:29 am
Both on paper and in person Alvin Lynn tracked Kit Carson's participation in the 1864 First Battle of the Adobe Walls.
Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:19 am
In Fights on the Little Horn, Gordon Harper condenses decades of research into a thorough and sometimes contentious account of Custer's Last Stand and related clashes in that 1876 campaign.
Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:58 am
Robert Watt's new Osprey title Apache Warrior focuses on the revered and feared Chiricahuas of the American Southwest.
Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:40 am
Gunslingers and America's Wild West take very different, and uniquely satisfying, approaches to relate the history of the West's most celebrated figures.
Published: July 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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A Tale of Two Sadies
By Roger Jay
Before she hooked up with Wyatt Earp for the rest of his life, Josephine Sarah "Sadie" Marcus knew …
Published: July 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm
A 2014 Western movie spoof suggests there were a million ways to die in the West. So far we’ve only counted 642, but we’re still working on it. What do you consider the best and worst ways one could have died on the Western frontier (of a heart attack in bed with Sadie Mansfield has already been taken, and we won’t say if that was best or worst)?
Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm
‘It was as cold-blooded and foul a murder as has been recorded,’ Texas lawyer Will McLaury wrote after brothers Tom and Frank fell in the gunfight near the O.K. Corral
Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm
Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen: The Films of William F. Cody, by Sandra K. Sagala, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2013, $24.95
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody—Pony Express rider, Army scout, buffalo hunter, Wild West showman and…film star? …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm
A Lawless Breed: John Wesley Hardin, Texas Reconstruction, and Violence in the Wild West, by Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown, University of North Texas Press, Denton, 2013, $29.95
The first time I heard the irresistibly catchy tune and …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Doc Holliday in Film and Literature, by Shirley Ayn Linder, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., 2014, $40
"Doc Holliday spent most of his life dying"—that's the fine first line of the introduction to a book that will interest Georgians, …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Roadside History of Illinois, by Stan Banash, Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Mont., 2013, $20
OK, so Illinois is not in the West as we now know it, but this book (illustrated with 120 black-and-white photos) is loaded with …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm
The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West, by Andrew R. Graybill, Liveright, New York, 2013, $28.95
On the bitterly cold dawn of January 23, 1870, Major Eugene Baker and his 2nd U.S. Cavalry command …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest, by Mark Warren, Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., 2012, $15.95
As enticing looking as the cover of this book is, an …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm
Southern Arizona Cemeteries, by Jane Eppinga, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S.C., 2014, $21.99
One can get a taste of pioneer life by visiting the grave sites of settlers. When it comes to the pioneer past in her favorite state, Arizona …
Published: July 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm
A Million Ways to Die in the West, distributed by Universal Pictures, 116 minutes, Rated R, 2014
This Western spoof does not show us a million ways to die on the 19th-century frontier, but it shows us enough—gunfire, poison, disease, …