Book Reviews

Butterfield’s Trail West

Melody-Groves_Butterfield_s-Byway--America_s-First-Overland-Mail-Route-Across-the-Wes“Remember boys, nothing on God’s earth must stop the United States Mail,” John Butterfield admonished his employees, and from September 15, 1858 to March 1, 1861, nothing much did. One of the most colorful chapters in American history is the amazing story of Butterfield’s Overland Mail.

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Portrait of America

Shamoon-Zamir_-The-Gift-of-the-Face--Portraiture-and-Time-in-Edward-S-.-Curtis_The-North-American-IndianShamoon Zamir’s The Gift of the Face: Portraiture and Time in Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian provides a spectacularly researched analysis of the work of Edward S. Curtis. Zamir provides in-depth background about Curtis and his photographic career.

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Guns and Outlaws

Guns-of-Outlaws-Weapons-of-the-American-Bad-ManFamous outlaw and lawman firearms have always been captivating. Gerry and Janet Souter’s Guns of Outlaws: Weapons of the American Bad Man is the latest shot at famous guns, the last being in 2003 and 2008.

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Mystery of Mists and Mountain Men

Ronald-M-Angelin_Larry-E-Morris-in-Gloomy-Terrors-and-Hidden-Fires_The-Mystery-of-John-Colter-and-Yellowstone.Writing a biography about John Colter, who left behind no journal, letters or other reminiscences, was the daunting task of Ronald M. Angelin and Larry E. Morris in Gloomy Terrors and Hidden Fires: The Mystery of John Colter and Yellowstone.

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The Gold Rush That Changed the World

The-Rush-by-Edward-DolnickBefore gold was discovered in January 1848 at Sutter’s Mill on the South Fork of the American River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas east of Sacramento, the European-American population of California was less than 10,000. A month later, Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceding California and the majority of the American Southwest to the United States.

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