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The Cowboy's Trail Guide to Westerns Paperback – November, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press; 2nd edition (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963358251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963358257
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,316,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Matuszak brings a historian's perspective to the Hollywood western, plus a background in ranching, gold mining, Old West firearms, and horses. Not just a western enthusiast, he also has academic degrees in the subject. The strength of this book is its attempt to rate hundreds of western films on the basis of their historical authenticity and how well they capture what he regards as the "spirit" of the West. (He acknowledges that a real film critic would rate them somewhat differently.)

The majority of films covered in the book date from 1950 to the early 1990s. There are a smattering of films from the 1940s and before. Each listing includes the cast and director, date of release, and studio or production company, plus a one-sentence plot description. A fair number, apparently unseen by the author, lack ratings.

The opening sections of the book set up the author's particular point of view, offering a thumbnail history of western filmmaking, including silents, B-westerns, and spaghetti westerns. A longer section describes the myths associated with the Old West (cowboys, lawmen, outlaws, Native Americans). A briefer section is devoted to the subject of historical authenticity and how the western has been used by Hollywood writers and directors in more recent years to redress the inaccuracies resulting from the mythology. Matuszak takes an interest, for example, in how the mythology of the Alamo is embedded in the national character, while historical fact tells another (and no less compelling) story. He takes a similar interest in Hollywood's many retellings of the Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James stories.
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For some reason this book has famous actors recommending it, but there are better books on westerns. The descriptions are too short and they do not include directors. The author has a rating system, but it is subjective, of course. There are pictures, but their quality is not that good.
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I read this book and I thought it was pretty decent. The author is my weight training coach in highschool lol.
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excellent book and transaction
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I know this man and this book is as lively as he is. Needless to say, I feel I wasted my hard earned cash.
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