Book Reviews

The Gilded General’s Eternal March West

Fierce-patriot_General-ShermamRobert O’Connell’s brilliant biography, Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman (Random House, $28), is a well-researched study of one of America’s most iconic and eternally recognized military leaders. O’Connell’s study of the Yankee-born West Point graduate revels—and reveals—the lighter and darker characteristics and personality traits of possibly the most influential post-Revolutionary American general in history.

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Back-Alley Barbary Coast Murder Mystery

Frog-Music-by-Emma-DonaghueSet in 1876 San Francisco, California, against the backdrop of a smallpox epidemic and seething racial tensions, Emma Donoghue’s exquisitely crafted literary thriller, Frog Music (Little Brown, $27), vividly captures the post Gold-Rush frontier town’s tumultuous transition to modern city.

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An Army Doctor’s Frontier Revelations

An-Army-Doctor-on-the-Western-FrontierRobert M. Utley, editor and annotator of An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier: Journals and Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, 1864-1890 (University of New Mexico Press, $29.95), has created a superb, primary resource on frontier life.

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Rollicking Western Filled with Adventure

Mohave_Johnny-DMojave (Pinnacle, $6.99), one of the better Western novels to come along in years, is proof that author Johnny D. Boggs is indeed one of the top writers of this genre.

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The Western Empire of Geography—and Geometry

Creating-the-American-WestIn 1877 the New York World opined that “the western states and territories occupy vast tracts, empires in themselves, and their rapid settlement will yet see divisions and subdivisions, changes that ... may blot out all the territories and cut them up into well-peopled states.”

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