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Book Review: The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane, by Richard W. Etulain

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Richard Etulain sifts through the many myths surrounding Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary to profile a woman far more complex than popular fiction might suggest

Book Review: Last Train to El Paso, by Jerry J. Lobdill

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Jerry Lobdill looks into the murder of Thomas Lyons, committed by that "other" paid Texas assassin Felix Robert Jones, who made a career of killing — and who largely evaded justice

Book Review: Logan, by Jackie Boor

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Jackie Boor relates the interesting and ultimately tragic life of her great-grandfather, Nevada lawman Tom Logan, who tangled with Wyatt Earp and showed restraint up to his last breath

Book Review: Death for Dinner, by Phyllis de la Garza

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Phyllis de la Garza set out to write a book about mass murders committed on the 1870s Kansas frontier by the mysterious Bender family, but the author has since solved some of the mystery

Book Review: The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Gray, by Clark Gray

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Western entertainer Bee Ho Gray rubbed shoulders with the likes of Will Rogers and Quanah Parker, but for various reasons little of their lasting celebrity rubbed off on Bee Ho

Book Review: Z.S. Liang, by Tom Saubert

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Painter Z.S. Liang was born in the Far East but earned his reputation for capturing the Old West in his spectacular works.

Book Review: Seat of Empire, by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

Published: January 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr delivers an absorbing history of Texas' state capital and the battle waged over its future by none other than Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto and first president of the Republic of Texas, and his onetime vice president Mirabeau Lamar.

Book Review: Healy's West, by Gordon E. Tolton

Published: January 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm
John Healy is one of those Westerners whose life touched on legend but went unsung, an oversight author Gordon Tolton hopes to remedy with this biography.

Book Review: Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico, by Lynda A Sánchez

Published: January 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm
Following up on the work of mentor Eve Ball, Lynda Sánchez shares Apache legends and lore recorded by Mescalero-Lipan Percy Bigmouth.

Book Review: The Horrell Wars, by David Johnson

Published: January 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm
David Johnson walks a limb with this neutral recounting of the extralegal activities of Texas' troublesome Horrell brothers.

Book Review: Necessary Evil, by Joe Johnston

Published: January 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Missouri native Joe Johnston explores the violent, lawless birth of his home state and the necessary role vigilante groups played in its settlement.

Book Review: Frontier Fare, by Sherry Monahan

Published: January 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm
Sherry Monahan, president of Western Writers of America, tempts readers and eaters (and what readers aren't?) with dishes culled from original frontier recipes.

Movie Review: The Homesman, by EuropaCorp

Published: January 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Director/actor Tommy Lee Jones recently said he wasn't particularly interested in making Westerns, and his latest release is certainly "unconventional."

DVD Review: Bronco, by Warner Archive

Published: January 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm
An offshoot character of the popular Warner TV Western "Cheyenne," Bronco Layne rubbed elbows with historical figures of dubious authenticity.

Book Review: Reshaw, by Jefferson Glass

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Trailblazing frontier entrepreneur John Baptiste Richard (or "Reshaw") gets his historical due in this biography by Jefferson Glass.

Book Review: Gold, by John Richard Stephens

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm
John Richard Stephens compilation of firsthand accounts from the California Gold Rush provides rich diggings for those interested in learning more about that tumultuous time.
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