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Book Review: The Last Outlaws, by Thom Hatch

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Author Thom Hatch delivers a dual biography of Butch and Sundance, notorious outlaws as inseparable in life as in death.

Book Review: Colorado’s Landmark Hotels, by Linda R. Wommack

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Author Linda Wommack profiles 30 of Colorado's classic landmark hotels, 22 of which opened their doors in the 19th century.

Book Review: With Golden Visions Bright Before Them, by Will Bagley

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm
With Golden Visions, Will Bagley's second volume of a three-part series on the overland trails, again draws on thorough research to carry the reader along with the wagons west.

Book Review: Custer, by Larry McMurtry

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm
Author and popular novelist Larry McMurtry applies his storytelling skills to a short biography of George Armstrong Custer, though he covers little new ground.

Book Review: Canadians With Custer, by Mary Thomas

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm
Author Mary Thomas traces the military careers of 17 Canadians who served in the7th U.S. Cavalry, weaving the profiles into a narrative of George Custer's activities from 1866 to the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Book Review: Custer Catastrophe at the Little Big Horn 1876, compiled by Richard Upton

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm
Editor Richard Upton has compiled a selection of early accounts of the June 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Book Review: Deliverance From the Little Big Horn, by Joan Nabseth Stevenson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm
Author Joan Stevenson pays long-overdue homage to Henry Porter, the surviving 7th Cavalry surgeon who treated the wounded in the wake of the June 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Book Review: Modoc Vengeance, by Daniel Woodhead III

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm
In his self-published Modoc Vengeance, author Daniel Woodhead III draws on period newspaper reports to paint a candid picture of the 1873 Modoc War.

Movie Review: Django Unchained, by The Weinstein Co.

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Django earns the handle "fastest gun in the South," even if director Quentin Tarantino spends too long in the saddle getting him there.

DVD Review: Custer’s Last Man, by History

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm
Custer's Last Man looks at the question, Could one of George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry troopers have escaped the June 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn?

Book Review: “That Fiend in Hell,” by Catherine Holder

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Catherine Holder Spude unravels myth from man in her biography of turn-of-the-century Skagway, Alaska, crime boss Soapy Smith.

Book Review: When Law Was in the Holster, by John Boessenecker

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm
In this well-researched, lively biography John Boessenecker gives oft-overlooked Western lawman Bob Paul his due.

Book Review: The Great American Railroad War, by Dennis Drabelle

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Dennis Drabelle's Great American Railroad War looks at the war of words waged by 19th-century columnists against the capitalists behind construction of the transcontinental railroad.

Book Review: The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona, by Paul Lee Johnson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2013 at 11:52 am
Paul Lee Johnson delves into the background of the McLaury brothers, best known for dying at the hands of the Earps and Doc Holliday during that infamous 1881 Tombstone gunfight.

Book Review: Lincoln County, New Mexico, Tells Its Stories, edited by Marilyn Burchett

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2013 at 11:40 am
Published by the Lincoln County Historical Society, this volume paints a fuller portrait of the denizens of a district primarily known for Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and an infamous range war.

DVD Review: Heaven’s Gate, by Criterion Collection

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2013 at 11:06 am
Michael Cimino's plodding, sermonizing plot tests viewers' patience at times, though his cinematography offers some redemption for this new cut of Heaven's Gate.
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