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.
Following up on the work of mentor Eve Ball, Lynda Sánchez shares Apache legends and lore recorded by Mescalero-Lipan Percy Bigmouth.
David Johnson walks a limb with this neutral recounting of the extralegal activities of Texas' troublesome Horrell brothers.
Missouri native Joe Johnston explores the violent, lawless birth of his home state and the necessary role vigilante groups played in its settlement.
Sherry Monahan, president of Western Writers of America, tempts readers and eaters (and what readers aren't?) with dishes culled from original frontier recipes.
In his second history of Arlington National Cemetery, Robert Poole relates stories centering on Section 60, resting place of fallen American soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq.
British Special Operations Executive veteran Leigh Fermor issues his long-awaited firsthand account of the 1944 kidnapping of the commanding German general from Crete.
Historian Reinhold Busch takes a disquieting look behind German lines during the brutal 1942-43 fight for Stalingrad.
British military scholar Gordon Corrigan relates the dynamics of medieval warfare and politics in his history of the Hundred Years' War.
Trailblazing frontier entrepreneur John Baptiste Richard (or "Reshaw") gets his historical due in this biography by Jefferson Glass.
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.
Richard Burrill's latest book about Ishi, "Last of the Yahi," describes a 1914 anthropological trek up into the famed "rediscovered" Indian's ancestral California lands.
The strange, short-lived career of a team of baseball-playing convicts from the Wyoming State Penitentiary is the subject of the latest book from writing team Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss.
Retired law enforcement officer R. Michael Wilson's latest crime volume catalogs all known stagecoach robberies in wild and woolly California.
Hell and Good Company Life and Love in the Spanish Civil War by Richard Rhodes. 384 pages. Simon & Schuster, 2015. $30. Reviewed by Peter Carlson “Many books have been written about the...