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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.

Peace Presidents on a War Footing

Richard Brookhiser | Published: January 07, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Barack Obama is not the first peace president to find himself ready to go to war

Bloody Stalemate at Fort Erie, 1814

James W. Shosenberg | Published: December 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm
After a seesaw clash of determined enemies, neither the Americans nor the British ended up with the prize

Military History - March 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Readers' letters in the March 2014 issue of Military History sound off about the cost of defeat, our red herring game from the January issue, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, wartime headlines, General James Wilkinson, Loyalists in the American colonies and the AK-47.

Book Review: The Shining Sea, by George C. Daughan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: December 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm
George Daughan relates Captain David Porter's truly epic 17-month Pacific voyage on USS Essex during the War of 1812 in The Shining Sea.

Wild West Discussion - February 2014

Published: November 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Badge wearers in the Wild West sometimes spent time on the wrong side of the law. Whom do you consider the quintessential two-faced lawman—"Mysterious Dave" Mather, Henry Newton Brown, Henry Plummer, Wyatt Earp, Burton Alvord, William Robinson (alias Ben Wheeler), …

Reports of His Lynching Were Greatly Exaggerated

Joe Johnston | Published: November 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm
That a lynch mob targeted Mack Marsden was bad enough, then newspapers nationwide botched the story—not an unusual occurrence in the days of competitive freelance reporting

Wild West - February 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: November 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm
In the February issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Josie Earp, Will McLaury, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872, Sioux beliefs about suicide, Sherrif Amen Dunn and the town of Blythe (with a Y), Calif.

Letter From Wild West - February 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: November 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Women, particularly mothers, did much of the taming out West and most of the civilizing that followed.

Charlie Dye - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: November 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm
The late Coloradan was home on the range and in the studio.

Interview With Author Malcolm Rohrbough

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: November 26, 2013 at 11:25 am
During the California Gold Rush did Frenchmen really flock west in search of riches? Bien sûr, says author Malcolm Rohrbough in his book Rush to Gold: The French and the California Gold Rush, 1848-1854.

Book Review: Season of Terror, by Charles F. Price

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm
The Espinosa trio, who took a murderous rampage through central Colorado in 1863, is the subject of Charles Price's Season of Terror.

Book Review: Rush to Gold, by Malcolm J. Rohrbough

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm
In Rush to Gold author Malcolm Rohrbough focuses on the French participants in the California Gold Rush, which drew fortune seekers from around the world.

Book Review: American Indians and the Civil War

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm
American Indians and the Civil War accounts for the 20,000 Indian participants on both sides of that nation-splitting conflict.

Book Review: The Outlaws, by Robert Barr Smith

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm
Robert Barr Smith finds Outlaws both abhorrent and absorbing, at least from a literary standpoint, as his latest volume makes clear.
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