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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: 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: Cochise, by Edwin R. Sweeney

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:43 am
In his latest offering Cochise scholar Edwin Sweeney presents a wealth of firsthand accounts of the Apache chief.

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.

On the Set of 'Good Morning, Vietnam' with Robin Williams

Rick Fredericksen | Published: September 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm
News of Robin Williams’ death rocked those who had been with the American Forces Vietnam Network "like the combat loss of one of our own."

Dwight Eisenhower's Granddaughter Wants to Save a Piece of Aviation History

Gerald D. Swick | Published: September 23, 2014 at 11:08 am
Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, wants to save a piece of aviation history the first Lockheed Constellation VC-121 to be used in his administration.

George C. Marshall and The Marshall Center - Interview with Rachel Thompson

Gerald D. Swick | Published: September 08, 2014 at 11:56 am
An interview with Rachel Yarnell Thompson, Special Projects Director of The George C. Marshall International Center and author of "Marshall—A Statesman Shaped in the Crucible of War."

Book Review: The Lion’s Gate, by Steven Pressfield

HistoryNet Staff | Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm
Steven Pressfield steps out on a ledge with The Lion's Gate, his "hybrid history" of the Six-Day War, and the resulting narrative is vivid and impossible to set down.

Book Review: The Long Shadow, by David Reynolds

HistoryNet Staff | Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm
Cambridge professor David Reynolds has a look at World War I from his side of the Atlantic.

Book Review: 102 Days of War, by Yaniv Barzilai

HistoryNet Staff | Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Yaniv Barzilai, a State Department special rep during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, delivers a controversial account of those early days.

Book Review: Blücher, by Michael V. Leggiere

HistoryNet Staff | Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:04 pm
In his latest Napoleonic-era title Michael Leggiere profiles Prussian master commander Gebhard von Blücher.
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