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The Pueblo Revolt: The Secret Rebellion That Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Luc NettletonBy David RobertsSimon & Schuster, New York, 2004 The frontier fear, often exaggerated, of different Indian groups combining forces to drive away the white settlers actually came true way back in the explosive summer of …

Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Hank SchmidtBy Scott ZeschSt. Martin's, New York, 2004 Some of the most popular early books in American literature dealt with the captivity narrative, and the appeal of such dramatic tales of hardship and adventure on the …

Battle at Sand Creek: The Military Perspective (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Alexander CookBy Gregory F. MichnoUpton and Sons, El Segundo, Calif., 2004 If you want to read another retelling of the Sand Creek tale (traditionally referred to as a "massacre") in which the blood-thirsty Coloradoans led by …

Why Doc Holliday Left Georgia (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Louis Hart By Gene CarlisleCarl Isle Publishing, Macon, Ga. 2004 Doc Holliday was once a dentist in the East and later became a gambler and gunfighter in the West, most notably standing side by side with three …

Revenge! And Other True Tales of the Old West (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Luc Nettleton Foreword by Frederick W. Nolan, Edited by Mark Boardman and Sharon CunninghamScarletMask, Indianapolis, 2004 Robert K. DeArment, who researches and writes about gunfighters and lawmen as well as anyone on either side of the Mississippi, …

Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Chrys Ankeny By Thom HatchJohn Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 2004 Although not as well known as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Cochise or Geronimo, who all had some measure of success fighting white intruders, the …

Murder in Tombstone: The Forgotten Trial of Wyatt Earp (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Johnny D. Boggs By Steven LubetYale Univ. Press, New Haven, Conn., 2004 Is there anything left to say about the October 26, 1881, fight in which three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday killed Billy Clanton and brothers …

Jim Courtright of Fort Worth: His Life and Legend (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Luc Nettleton By Robert K. DeArmentTCU Press, Fort Worth, Texas, 2004 The two things that most Western aficionados know about Jim Courtright are that he is now known by the colorful sobriquet "Longhair Jim" and that he …

The Oregon Trail: An American Saga (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by B.B. Swan By David DaryAlfred A. Knopf, New York, 2004 If you get the itch for a pioneering experience in the Old West on the Oregon Trail, you are not entirely out of luck. The Oregon Trail …

The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing an American Legend (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Max B. Brown By Norm FlaydermanAndrew Mowbray Inc., Lincoln, Neb., 2004 The Bowie knife (or bowie knife) has been on the cutting edge of many articles about the frontier West, from Jim Bowie's demise at the Alamo …

Child of the Fighting Tenth: On the Frontier With the Buffalo Soldiers (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Chrys Ankeny By Forrestine C. Hooker, Edited by Steve WilsonOxford University Press, New York, 2003 Charles Lawrence Cooper was a white lieutenant with the black 10th Cavalry, and his daughter Forrestine ("Birdie") grew up in the frontier …

Lawmen, Outlaws, and S.O.B.s: Gunfighters of the Old Southwest (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Louis HartBy Bob AlexanderHigh-Lonesome Books, Silver City, N.M., 2004 Although the title of his fourth book does not suggest it, Bob Alexander is not dealing here with the likes of Billy the Kid or Wyatt Earp. …
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