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Book Review: Frontier Cavalry Trooper, Edited by Douglas C. McChristian

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm
U.S. Army Private Eddie Matthews' preserved letters, edited by former National Park Service historian Doug McChristian, offer both a glimpse into frontier life for a 19th-century soldier and a perspective on the era of westward expansion.

Book Review: I Fought a Good Fight, by Sherry Robinson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm
Overlooked in many histories of the many 19th-century Apache bands, the Lipans get their due in this book by Sherry Robinson.

Book Review: Glorious Misadventures, by Owen Matthews

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Owen Matthews recounts the empire-building efforts of ambitious if largely forgotten Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov.

Book Review: Billy the Kid on Film 1911–2012, by Johnny D. Boggs

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm
Johnny Boggs breaks down the 75 big-screen films centered on Billy the Kid, arguably not a great one in the bunch ... yet.

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: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Gene Seymour | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:23 pm
THE BULLY PULPIT: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster) Here's some of what's in Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest tome: progressive Republicans who insist that the working poor have …

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.

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.

Book Review: Clash of Empires in South China, by Franco David Macri

HistoryNet Staff | Published: December 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm
In Clash of Empires in South China, Franco David Macri explores the political and military wrangling over the region between Japan and the Allies before and during World War II.

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.

Book Review: Imagining Geronimo, by William M. Clements

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm
In Imagining Geronimo author William Clements explores the Apache leader in myth and his changing image as depicted through graphic arts, the written word and the silver screen.

Book Review: The Silver Madonna and Other Tales, by W.C. Jameson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm
W.C. Jameson relates the stories of two dozen lost treasures, 14 of them west of the Missouri River, in The Silver Madonna and Other Tales.

MHQ Reviews: Notable Books, Winter 2014

Published: November 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm
Recommended reading from the editors of MHQ
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