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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.

Book Review: Geronimo, by Robert M. Utley

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Esteemed Western historian Robert Utley turns his attention to the legendary Apache warrior-shaman Geronimo.

Book Review: The Last Camel Charge, by Forrest Bryant Johnson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm
In The Last Camel Charge, Forrest Bryant Johnson deftly weaves the story of the U.S. Camel Corps, the Army's improbable attempt to field camels in the desert Southwest.

Book Review: Billy the Kid’s Writings, Words & Wit, by Gale Cooper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Gale Cooper applies her unique brand of revisionist history in Billy the Kid’s Writings, Words & Wit.

Book Review: George Crook, by Paul Magid

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm
Paul Magid has completed the first book of a two-volume authoritative biography of George Crook, notable general of the Civil War and Indian wars.

Book Review: Legal Executions in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma Including the Indian Territory, by R. Michael Wilson

Published: November 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm
This volume of Legal Executions is the latest by R. Michael Wilson, perhaps the most knowledgeable researcher on the subject of Old West hangings.

Book Review: The Great Bicycle Experiment, by Kay Moore

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm
Kay Moore's Great Bicycle Experiment explores the short-lived, adventurous military exploits of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps.

Book Review: Forty-Seventh Star, by David V. Holtby

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm
In Forty-Seventh Star, David Holtby relates New Mexico's years-long struggle for statehood, marked by boosterism, capitalism and down-and-dirty partisan politics.

DVD Review: Standing Bear’s Footsteps, by NET

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm
Standing Bear's Footsteps relates the story of the Ponca Indian chief who defied the government to bury his son on tribal lands.

Book Review: Here Lies Hugh Glass, by Jon T. Coleman

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 02, 2012 at 5:33 pm
Jon Coleman bites off all he can chew in Here Lies Hugh Glass, an ambitious treatise on American exceptionalism centered around the 19th-century mauling of mountain man Glass.

Book Review: Sam Sixkiller, by Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 02, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Authors Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss present an overdue biography of Cherokee lawman Sam Sixkiller.
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