Book Reviews

Robert E. Lee’s Legacy East and West

WB_Clouds-of-Glory--the-Life-and-Legend-of-Robert-E-Lee_Michael-KordaAs the United States commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, historians have had an opportunity to revisit the legacy and lives of America’s most significant leaders and their roles in shaping American history, North and South, East and West, in the 19th century and beyond.

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A Hero Reconsidered

WB_James-C.-Robbin_s-The-Real-Custer-From-Boy-General-to-Tragic-HeroJames C. Robbin’s The Real Custer—From Boy General to Tragic Hero (Regnery History,$29.99) is a well-written 400-page epic adventure that details the highs and lows of one of America’s most controversial figures.

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Marshal Chet Byrnes Rides Again!

WB_Dusty-Richards_Ambush-ValleyIn Dusty Richards’ Ambush Valley (Pinnacle, $6.99), Deputy U.S. Marshal Chet Byrnes moves to Arizona Territory to escape a Texas feud. He wants to find peace as a rancher, but Mexican bandits are raping women and shooting lawmen, and Byrnes has to confront them.

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Kansas Tribe Reconsidered

WB_Ronald-D-Parks_The-Darkest-Period--The-Kanza-Indians-and-Their-Last-HomelandRonald D. Parks engaging account, The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873 (University of Oklahoma Press, $34.95) tells a familiar story of a tribe struggling to withstand destructive and inconsistent federal policies.

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Deadly Feud Truths Revealed

WB_The-Horrell-Wars--Feuding-in-Texas-and-New-Mexico-by-David-JohnsonHistorians know that they need sympathetic understanding of the lives they are examining, but also that no one can tell them how or where to find it.

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The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

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