Book Reviews

Trails to the Truth

Legends-and-Lies-by-Bill-O-ReillyHistorians and aficionados of the American West must have been surprised when they first heard that FOX News’s Bill O’Reilly was going to follow up his latest book, Killing Patton, and his FOX television production, Killing Jesus, with a docudrama series and companion book on the Old West. I wasn’t. I thought it was a brilliant idea.

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Entrepreneurs or Robber Barons?

Out Where the West BeginsDenver billionaire investor, philanthropist, wildcatter, telecommunications titan, and movie producer Philip F. Anschutz has written an outstanding book, Out Where the West Begins: Profiles, Visions, & Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders.

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A Tombstone Soliloquy

Epitaph--A-Novel-of-the-OK-CorralThe story of the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday and the events leading up to the street fight in Tombstone have inspired enough fiction and nonfiction to fill small libraries. That gives Mary Doria Russell’s Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral quite a bit of competition for the un-official title of the best, but she earns it.

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The Urban Texas

David-G-McComb_The-City-in-TexasDavid G. McComb’s The City in Texas is an informative and moderately entertaining history of urban development in Texas, including fact-filled descriptions of the industries associated with those cities. It wanders at times.

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Old West Adventure in the Land of Enchantment

Mystery-of-Chaco-Canyon-by-Doug-Hocking

If you’ve been looking for something different in a Western story, Doug Hocking may have the novel for you. Set in 1860s New Mexico, Mystery of Chaco Canyon borrows elements from IndianaJones, Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code as it follows four intrepid adventurers on the trail of the Covenant of the Ark,

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True Westerners

ELizabeth Fenn

ELizabeth Fenn

If I had been a member of the Corps of Discovery, I would have brought my own via...

Video Villa!

Video Villa!

Mexican Revolution leader Pancho Villa knew the value of good publicity. Mutual F...

Studying Villa’s Raid

Studying Villa’s Raid

March 9, 1916, started out bad for the 13th Cavalry at Camp Furlong. Ignoring th...

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Product of the Month

The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

"Your book is fascinating, coupling your powerful illustrations [and] tracking...from birth to Tombstone to the legend [Wyatt] had become;...even Wyatt would approve." --By Hugh O'Brian, of the TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

"Hands down the definitive books on Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday." --By Allen Barra, New York Newsday