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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.

Book Review: Stagecoach Robberies in California, by R. Michael Wilson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2014 at 11:53 am
Retired law enforcement officer R. Michael Wilson's latest crime volume catalogs all known stagecoach robberies in wild and woolly California.

42cm M-Gerät Howitzer: The Original Big Bertha

Jon Guttman | Published: October 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm
The lumbering German 42cm M-Gerät howitzer was designed to reduce the stout Allied defensive fortresses along the Western Front, a job it did effectively despite its limited mobility.

Wild West - December 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: October 03, 2014 at 4:02 pm
In the December issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Fort Davis (Texas), Edward "Ned Wynkoop, Sadie Marcus (the future Mrs. Earp), the Umatilla Indian Reservation (in Pendleton, Ore.), Rocky Mountain oysters and a disputed photo of Indian captives.

Letter From Wild West - December 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: October 03, 2014 at 1:08 pm
Unlike the contentious fights at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek, the 1870 Marias Massacre was an egregious massacre of Piegan Indians that is little remembered today.

Interview With Author Will Bagley

Candy Moulton | Published: October 03, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Will Bagley's latest book relates the history of Wyoming's South Pass, the historic overland crossing of the Rocky Mountains

Briscoe Western Art Museum - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: October 03, 2014 at 12:19 pm
San Antonio's new Briscoe Western Art Museum boasts a collection of world-class art rooted in Western history

Mormon Handcart Horrors

Candy Moulton | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:55 am
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

Book Review: American Carnage, by Jerome A. Greene

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:14 am
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.

Book Review: South Pass, by Will Bagley

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:05 am
Overland trail writer Will Bagley relates the history of South Pass, the most significant portal through the Rocky Mountains to the American far West.

Book Review: Tom Horn in Life and Legend, by Larry D. Ball

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:55 am
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.

Book Review: Citizen Explorer, by Jared Orsi

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:37 am
Jared Orsi's biography of Zebulon Pike seeks to rejuvenate the reputation of the once-celebrated explorer.

Book Review: Kit Carson and the First Battle of Adobe Walls, by Alvin R. Lynn

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:29 am
Both on paper and in person Alvin Lynn tracked Kit Carson's participation in the 1864 First Battle of the Adobe Walls.

Book Review: The Fights on the Little Horn, by Gordon Harper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:19 am
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.

Book Review: Apache Warrior, 1860–86, by Robert N. Watt

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:58 am
Robert Watt's new Osprey title Apache Warrior focuses on the revered and feared Chiricahuas of the American Southwest.

Video Reviews: Gunslingers, by AHC, and America's Wild West, by PBS

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:40 am
Gunslingers and America's Wild West take very different, and uniquely satisfying, approaches to relate the history of the West's most celebrated figures.
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