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Bellevue War: Mandate of Justice or Murder by Mob? Hardcover – November 1, 2002


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  • Hardcover: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Mcmillen Pub; 1st edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888223375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888223378
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,870,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a fascinating glimpse into the West as it really was.... an original and very highly recommended addition.... -- Midwest Book Review, March 2003

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Featured on the Iowa Public Television series, "Living in Iowa," in May and November 2006.

In public, private, and academic libraries worldwide, including the: New York Public Library, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, University of Chicago Library, State Historical Society of Iowa libraries, Wisconsin State Historical Society Library, University of Alabama Law School Library, University of Iowa School of Law Library, Iowa State University Library, University of Northern Iowa Library, Utah State University Library, San Jose State University Library, University of Colorado at Boulder Library, and Gottingen State and University Library (Germany).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe on January 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I grew up in Eastern Iowa, and had never heard of this event. I am amazed that Hollywood hasn't made a movie of it yet, as it would make a great story. The actual battle was much bloodier and larger than the OK Coral.

This book is researched to nearly the fullest extent possible (they have scans of promise notes from the 1830's), as there weren't really any records for the town four years prior to the 'war'. The author does form opinions, but these are made from the hard evidence available.

The pace of the book is what I like to call 'heavy history' as it details each event and background with citations/notes. It is a slower read, and sometimes you can feel like you are peer reviewing a paper, but the subject is great. Overall an excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Fisher on April 2, 2009
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Ms. Lucke has done an outstanding job of researching and presenting all the details that led up to this historic eastern Iowa, Mississippi River event. Illustrations are masterfully created and organized, making this book a tremendous read. Descriptions of the battle, the main characters, and ironic aftermath are written in a clear, compelling style and careful references allow the reader to pursue further documentation. Very well done.
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The book was so attractive because some of our relatives (Bell and Sublett families) were prominent settlers in Bellevue and had participated in the events leading up to, during and after the War took place. They are among the people written about in the book. I was deeply moved by Susan Lucke's writing and impressed with all her research efforts to find out the facts in order to be as accurate and fair as she could with the story. She has made a tremendous contribution to the early history of not only Iowa but of the Midwest with her book. It is a challenging read but well worth the reader's effort.
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A readable and detailed account of an interesting incident on the frontier, about which several biased accounts have been written. My great-great grandfather was there, hence my interest. Therefore I appreciated the detailed index! Invaluable for genealogical research, but most of all for clarifying the issues for both sides. Enough noise and buildup to the violence for a good movie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Kirkpatrick on March 11, 2009
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A well-researched book on the early times in Iowa that shows the necessity for the 2nd Amendment so that citizens, if they need to, can protect themselves from the usurpation of lawful order by evil men.

Just as is found in today's London, England, where the citizens have had their legal right to self-defense, and their means of enforcing that right, possession of weapons for self-defense removed from them by a government that is incapable of protecting the citizenry from riot and unlawful actions against them and their property; good people will only take so much abuse before they raise up and take matters into their own hands.
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