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Book Review: The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane, by Richard W. Etulain

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Richard Etulain sifts through the many myths surrounding Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary to profile a woman far more complex than popular fiction might suggest

Book Review: Last Train to El Paso, by Jerry J. Lobdill

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Jerry Lobdill looks into the murder of Thomas Lyons, committed by that "other" paid Texas assassin Felix Robert Jones, who made a career of killing — and who largely evaded justice

Book Review: Logan, by Jackie Boor

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Jackie Boor relates the interesting and ultimately tragic life of her great-grandfather, Nevada lawman Tom Logan, who tangled with Wyatt Earp and showed restraint up to his last breath

Book Review: Death for Dinner, by Phyllis de la Garza

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Phyllis de la Garza set out to write a book about mass murders committed on the 1870s Kansas frontier by the mysterious Bender family, but the author has since solved some of the mystery

Book Review: The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Gray, by Clark Gray

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Western entertainer Bee Ho Gray rubbed shoulders with the likes of Will Rogers and Quanah Parker, but for various reasons little of their lasting celebrity rubbed off on Bee Ho

Book Review: Z.S. Liang, by Tom Saubert

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Painter Z.S. Liang was born in the Far East but earned his reputation for capturing the Old West in his spectacular works.

Book Review: Agincourt, by Stephen Cooper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Stephen Cooper looks at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt and its key players to mark the 600th anniversary of the pivotal English-French clash.

Book Review: Judy, by Damien Lewis

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Judy, by Damien Lewis, relates the surprising story of a pointer that served as a mascot on the Royal Navy gunboats Gnat and Grasshopper during World War II in the Far East.

Book Review: The Longest Afternoon, by Brendan Simms

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm
The Longest Afternoon is Cambridge University professor Brendan Simms' detailed account of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo defense of the stone farmhouse La Haye Sainte.

Book Review: The Second Pearl Harbor, by Gene Eric Salecker

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm
In The Second Pearl Harbor, Gene Eric Salecker reveals the causes and consequences of a devastating explosion that rocked the West Loch section of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 22, 1944.

Book Review: Home Squadron, by James C. Rentfrow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm
In his book Home Squadron, James Rentfrow relates the late 19th century transformation of the U.S. Navy into a fleet with global reach.

Book Review: War Planning 1914, edited by Richard F. Hamilton and Holger H. Herwig

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
War Planning 1914 assesses the prewar plans of the six major European participants in World War I, in particular exposing the weaknesses that led to years-long stalemates on all fronts.

Book Review: Seat of Empire, by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

Published: January 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr delivers an absorbing history of Texas' state capital and the battle waged over its future by none other than Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto and first president of the Republic of Texas, and his onetime vice president Mirabeau Lamar.

Book Review: Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico, by Lynda A Sánchez

Published: January 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm
Following up on the work of mentor Eve Ball, Lynda Sánchez shares Apache legends and lore recorded by Mescalero-Lipan Percy Bigmouth.

Book Review: The Horrell Wars, by David Johnson

Published: January 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm
David Johnson walks a limb with this neutral recounting of the extralegal activities of Texas' troublesome Horrell brothers.

Book Review: Necessary Evil, by Joe Johnston

Published: January 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Missouri native Joe Johnston explores the violent, lawless birth of his home state and the necessary role vigilante groups played in its settlement.
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