Book Reviews

Trail’s End for a Southern Son

John Henry “Doc” Holliday is one of the most mythic well-imagined characters in the annals of Old West popular culture. Victoria Wilcox’s challenge in writing a fictional trilogy of the Georgia-born gunfighter was no easy task—

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The “Apocryphal Cantos” of Walter Noble Burns

Eighty-three years after Walter Noble Burns’ death comes Mark J. Dworkin’s American Mythmaker, the first literary biography of the Chicago journalist-turned-author who rekindled America’s passion for the old and epic West.

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John James Audubon

Two salient facts about the famed naturalist and artist John James Audubon come out in Nancy Plain’s vigorous This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon:  He was incorrigibly footloose, and he “shot thousands of birds in his lifetime.”

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Manifest Destiny on the Rio Grande

Douglas A. Murphy’s Two Armies on the Rio Grande (Texas A&M Press, $45) is the most complete documentation of what is still, to this day, a bone of contention in both countries. The closer one gets to the Rio Grande, the more evident and pronounced the “discussions” become. Murphy has brilliantly explained the conditions, and delivers an in-depth look at the way the war was viewed by the U.S. and Mexico, with special insight into the way military men think and react. Murphy’s candor and fairness in detailing the conflicts of man is refreshing. All who read this account will be blessed not only by the accuracy of information, the in-depth study of historical and geographical events, but by the dedication of the writer to “get it right.”

Max Oliver, author of Chief Red Nose

Sitting Bull’s Nemesis

“Lakotas will kill you,” came to Tatanka Iyotake not by human voice, but by the song of his beloved meadowlark. Standing Rock Agent James McLaughlin sent Indian Police to arrest Tatanka Iyotake, also known as Sitting Bull, concerned he was leading a Ghost Dance rebellion.

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Video Villa!

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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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