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Boyer vs. Tefertiller: Penslingers Face off over Wyatt Earp

sierra adare | Published: August 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Wyatt Earp biographers Glenn Boyer and Casey Tefertiller square off about Earp, their respective research and claims made about one another's scholarship.

The Rise of the Silver Queen: Georgetown, Colorado, 1859-1896 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by B.B. SwanBy Liston E. Leyendecker, Christine A. Bradley and Duane A. SmithUniversity Press of Colorado, Boulder, 2005 The Griffith brothers arrived in what would become Georgetown, Colorado (yes, one of them was named George), in the …

Forts of the American Frontier 1820-91: Central and Northern Plains (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Alexander CookBy Ron Field, Illustrated by Adam HookOsprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2005 Let's make one thing perfectly clear: Although most old Westerns of the Indian vs. cavalry variety show soldiers in stockade forts defending themselves …

Caldwell: Kansas Border Cow Town (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by B.B. SwanBy Tom S. CokeHeritage Books, Westminister, Md., 2005 As far as Kansas cow towns go, most people think of Dodge City first, followed by Abilene and Wichita. Caldwell is usually an afterthought, if anyone outside …

Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Chrys AnkenyBy Chris EnssTwoDot, imprint of Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., 2005 Personal ads for companionship or whatever have a rich tradition in America. During the last third of the 19th century, for instance, the San …

The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Alexander CookBy Larry McMurtrySimon & Schuster, New York, 2005 In the 1880s and 1890s, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Annie Oakley, who specialized in Western entertainment, achieved international fame and, according to Larry McMurtry, became the …

Gunsmoke and Saddle Leather: Firearms in the Nineteenth-Century American West (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Johnny D. BoggsBy Charles G. WormanUniversity of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2005 Charles G. Worman is probably best known for the two-volume series Firearms of the American West 1803-1894, which he co-authored with Louis A. …

Nimrod: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Luc NettletonBy Ronald B. LansingWashington State University Press, Pullman, 2005 Mention Oregon country and the Willamette Valley and most folks will think of courageous, persevering emigrant families completing the long overland journey to get to a …

Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Alexander CookBy Louis S. WarrenAlfred A. Knopf, New York, 2005 Buffalo Bill will never be over the hill. As long as people fondly gaze back at the hills and plains of the 19th-century American West and …

Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Chrys AnkenyBy Hank H. CoxCumberland House, Nashville, Tenn., 2005 Civil War buffs rarely pay it any mind, even though it occurred in 1862 and had more than a marginal body count, and President Abraham Lincoln intervened …

White Justice in Arizona: Apache Murder Trials in the Nineteenth Century (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Reviewed by Luc NettletonBy Clare V. McKanna Jr.Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 2005 Indians in the 19th century often could not live by "white men's law," but they could die by it. The author, who teaches American Indian …

The Calamity Papers: Western Myths and Cold Cases (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Alexander Cook By Dale L. WalkerForge (Tom Doherty Associates), New York, 2004 Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it clearly drives one of the coolest cats in the frontier history business, Dale L. Walker. In 2000 …

Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs: Frontier Medicine in America (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Luc NettletonBy Wayne BethardTaylor Trade Publishing (Roberts Rinehart), Lanham, Md., 2004 No doubt practicing pharmacist Wayne Bethard, of Longview, Texas, wouldn't recommend too many of the medicines he introduces in this 256-page book, but taken as …

Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, 1854-56 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Chrys Ankeny By R. Eli PaulUniversity of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004 Anyone with an interest in the Wild West or the Indian wars knows about the fight the Sioux (or Lakota) Indians put up against white settlers …

The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers After the Expedition (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by B.B. SwanBy Larry E. MorrisYale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 2004 During the Lewis and Clark Expedition, now being commemorated 200 years later, the members experienced enough adventures for a lifetime. The actual journals produced by …

Promise: Bozeman's Trail to Destiny (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Chrys Ankeny By Serle ChapmanPavey Western Publishing, Billings, Mont., 2004 This is a beautiful book and a special book. It not only provides a colorful multivoice perspective on the important but sometimes overlooked Bozeman Trail but also …
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