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Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West, by Universal Pictures

Louis Lalire | 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, …

Book Review: Cheyenne War, by Jeff Broome

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Author Jeff Broome takes a fresh look at a series of well-known Indian wars clashes he collectively refers to as the "Cheyenne War."

Book Review: Some Gave All, by J.R. Sanders

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Author J.R. Sanders relates the forgotten lives and violent times of 10 Old West lawmen who died in the line of duty.

Book Review: Chasing the Santa Fe Ring, by David L. Caffey

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Author David Caffey traces the political and economic activities of New Mexico's shadowy, well-connected Santa Fe Ring even as he questions its very existence as an organized entity.

DVD Review: Nichols, by Warner Archive Collection

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm
This short-lived series featured James Garner as Sheriff Nichols, an "independent thinker" who patrolled small-town Arizona by motorcycle in 1914.

DVD Review: Sweetwater, by Kickstart Productions and Arc Entertainment

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm
A few memorable scenes aside, Sweetwater will leave Western film buffs thirsting for better scripts.

Book Review: Mrs. Earp, by Sherry Monahan

Lee Silva | Published: May 02, 2014 at 10:30 am
Mrs. Earp: The Wives and Lovers of the Earp Brothers, by Sherry Monahan, TwoDot, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., and Helena, Mont., 2013, $16.95 When I started my Wyatt Earp research in 1988, I was more …

Book Review: Tombstone’s ‘Buckskin Frank,’ by Ben T. Traywick

Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Tombstone's 'Buckskin Frank': Nashville Franklyn Leslie, by Ben T. Traywick, Red Marie's, Tombstone, Ariz., 2013, $12.50 The subhead of this new and greatly expanded version of a 1985 book by Ben Traywick, former town historian of Tombstone, Arizona, sounds …

Book Review: Frontier Cavalry Trooper, Edited by Douglas C. McChristian

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm
U.S. Army Private Eddie Matthews' preserved letters, edited by former National Park Service historian Doug McChristian, offer both a glimpse into frontier life for a 19th-century soldier and a perspective on the era of westward expansion.

Book Review: I Fought a Good Fight, by Sherry Robinson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm
Overlooked in many histories of the many 19th-century Apache bands, the Lipans get their due in this book by Sherry Robinson.

Book Review: The Heart of Everything That Is, by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm
Though Red Cloud's life is far from an "untold" story, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin offer fresh insights into the Lakota's chief's legendary exploits in this new biography.

Book Review: Glorious Misadventures, by Owen Matthews

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Owen Matthews recounts the empire-building efforts of ambitious if largely forgotten Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov.

Book Review: Billy the Kid on Film 1911–2012, by Johnny D. Boggs

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm
Johnny Boggs breaks down the 75 big-screen films centered on Billy the Kid, arguably not a great one in the bunch ... yet.

Book Review: Radio Rides the Range, Edited by Jack French and David S. Siegel

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Radio Rides the Range recalls the heyday of broadcast Westerns, which influenced and overlapped the introduction of TV Westerns and featured many of the same players.

Book Review: Chronicling the West for Harper’s, by Claudine Chalmers

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Like the original Harper's Weekly, this compendium of the work of "special artists" Paul Frenzeny and Jules Tavernier includes a wealth of images and solid text, capturing everyday life in the Old West.

DVD Review: Maverick: The Complete Third Season

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 11:42 am
The third season of this comedic Western TV series was James Garner's last as the title character Maverick, much to the disappointment of its fans.
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