Book Reviews

Cowtown to Boomtown

Fort-worth-outpost-cowtown-boomtown-cover.jpgFrom 1880 to 1918, Fort Worth struggled to grow into a “city of substance.” During the 1880s, it became a major railroad hub. However, Fort Worth seemed doomed to remain in the shadows of its sister city, Dallas, until Armour and Swift opened packinghouses in 1903, propelling it into the forefront of the nation’s meatpacking industry.

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The Real and Imagined Life of Calamity Jane

the-life-and-legend-of-calamity-jane-cover.jpgMost people have heard of Calamity Jane, once promoted as The Famous Woman Scout of the Wild West. But do we really know who she was? After losing her parents as a young girl, Martha Canary had to fend for herself on the frontier and eventually became the legendary Calamity Jane.

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Revisiting Classic Western Fiction

the-wister-trace-cover.jpgSpend some time with the new edition of Loren D. Estleman’s The Wister Trace: Assaying Classic Western Fiction, Second Edition, and you’ll remember why you fell in love with Westerns in the first place. Estleman, an award-winning author of more than 70 novels, pointed out in the 1987 edition that it is the mix of wildness and chivalry that makes the Western genre unique,

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Life of a Nevada Sheriff

logan-the-honerable-life-and-scandalous-death-of-a-western-lawman.jpgAs an attempt to raise Tom Logan to the level of Wyatt Earp and other legendary Old West lawmen, this book falls short, as there is little to elevate Logan above the typical county sheriff. But Jackie Boor’s Logan: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman does offer a wide-ranging history of Tonopah and Nye County, Nevada, around the turn of the 20th century.

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The Last Shootist: A Classic Tale of the Wild West

the-last-shootist-coverAuthor Miles Swarthout’s The Last Shootist (Forge Books, $24.99), a much-anticipated sequel to his father Glendon Swarthout’s best-selling novel The Shootist (Doubleday, 1975) is an excellent Western novel that seamlessly picks up the complex characters and transitioning West of El Paso, Texas, that made the elder Swarthout’s original so popular.

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