Book Reviews

The Best of Western Books for 2015

Mickey FreeThe year 2014 will be remembered as an annum of historical reflection as historians grappled with the relevance of 19th-century history for a 21st-century audience.

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1776: A Continental Revolution

WB_West-of-the-revolution_book-reviewAs the American colonists made their Declaration of Independence from the British monarchy on July 4, 1776, a chain reaction of political events across North America occurred simultaneously that would affect the political, economic, cultural and geographical history of the continent up to the present day.

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Pueblo Rights in the Land of Enchantment

Four-square-leaguesMalcolm Ebright, Rick Hendricks and Richard W. Hughes’ Four Square Leagues: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, $65) is a readable, engaging history of the New Mexican Pueblos’ work to maintain their land holdings over the last four hundred years.

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Living and Dying as Outlaw Brothers

Colorado-and-new-mexico-border-outlawsAfter the Civil War, Texas cattle headed to northern markets moved up trails through New Mexico and Colorado.

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A Tale of Vengeance and Redemption

Vengeance-at-sundownLucas Fume, Larry D. Sweazy’s new hero in Vegeance at Sundown (Berkley, $7.99)  is rotting in a Tennessee prison for killing his friend and business partner, John Barlow.

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