In 1856 Mormon leader Brigham Young beckoned companies of faithful Saints across the Plains to Utah Territory tethered to these ‘two-wheeled torture devices’—with disastrous results
Author and former National Park historian Jerome Greene takes the most even-handed look yet at the 1890 battle and subsequent slaughter on South Dakota's Wounded Knee Creek.
Overland trail writer Will Bagley relates the history of South Pass, the most significant portal through the Rocky Mountains to the American far West.
Larry Ball digs deep to separate the real man from the myth in this biography of cowhand, prospector, packer, scout, Pinkerton agent and range detective Tom Horn.
In his latest offering Cochise scholar Edwin Sweeney presents a wealth of firsthand accounts of the Apache chief.
Jared Orsi's biography of Zebulon Pike seeks to rejuvenate the reputation of the once-celebrated explorer.
Both on paper and in person Alvin Lynn tracked Kit Carson's participation in the 1864 First Battle of the Adobe Walls.
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.
Robert Watt's new Osprey title Apache Warrior focuses on the revered and feared Chiricahuas of the American Southwest.
Gunslingers and America's Wild West take very different, and uniquely satisfying, approaches to relate the history of the West's most celebrated figures.
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)?
‘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
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...
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...
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...