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The Wild West: 365 Days [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wallis , Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis , Robert G. McCubbin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Wild West: 365 Days is a day-by-day adventure that tells the stories of pioneers and cowboys, gold rushes and saloon shoot-outs in America's frontier. The lure of land rich in minerals, fertile for farming, and plentiful with buffalo bred an all-out obsession with heading westward. The Wild West: 365 Days takes the reader back to these booming frontier towns that became the stuff of American legend, breeding characters such as Butch Cassidy and Jesse James. Author Michael Wallis spins a colorful narrative, separating myth from fact, in 365 vignettes. The reader will learn the stories of Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Annie Oakley; travel to the O.K. Corral and Dodge City; ride with the Pony Express; and witness the invention of the Colt revolver. The images are drawn from Robert G. McCubbin's extensive collection of Western memorabilia, encompassing rare books, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts, including Billy the Kid's knife.

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About the Author

Michael Wallis is the author of many books on the West, including Billy the Kid and The Real Wild West. He has written 16 books and won numerous honors and awards. 

Robert G. McCubbin is one of the founders of the Wild West History Association and the country's premier collector of American West photographs and books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 20988 KB
  • Print Length: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books (May 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052DNWZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Photo-Guide to the Old West! July 20, 2011
Part of Abrams Publishing "365" series, Michael Wallis' THE WILD WEST 365 offers up a marvelous collection of evocative, well-captioned photographs, illustrations and artworks depicting various aspects of the American West. Though the title includes the number 365 in it, there have to be over 500 images in this hefty 201 release. Visually, THE WILD WEST 365 is a treasure trove for Western fans and well worth the $32.50 price-tag!

The images featured in Wallis' book depict events from 1830 to 1930. Each date features one or more images - photos, artworks, posters, etc. - with a detailed write-up on the facing page. At the top of the page is an unrelated item that happened on the date in question.

The subject of January 1st, for example, is "Paintbrush Historians" featuring a George Catlin painting of a Mandan village; the accompanying write-up summarizing Catlin's career. The 'daily entry' is a short summary of a Doc Holliday gunfight in Dallas on 1 January 1875. The December 31st entry - "Gun That Killed the Kid" - features a full-page photograph of the Colt 44 used by Pat Garrett to kill Billy the Kid with a smaller pix of Mrs. Garrett holding the gun and a comprehensive history of the gun's ownership. The 31 December daily entry records that the most prosperous year of the California Gold Rush ended on 31 December 1852.

In between those two dates are hundreds of fascinating - and often rare - images of cowboys, gunfighters, gamblers, soldiers, miners, settlers, native Americans, cattle drives, cowtowns, wagon trains, hangings, saloons, wanted posters, famous events, book covers, bison and so on. (Most of the images in THE WILD WEST 365 were obtained from the Robert McCubbin collection, one of the largest collections of Wild West photographs in the world).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! May 28, 2011
This book was done very well. It is a day-by-day adventure that takes you back in time to the Wild West. The information it provides is just enough to hook you every time you pick up the book and equip you with some great history facts from the Old West. The pictures are AMAZING, and often times tell their own story without needing any words. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the facts, ma'am. December 12, 2011
The thing that separates Michael Wallis from the pack is that he doggedly resists pushing a point of view or interjecting personal opinion into his accounting of historical events. This is especially difficult (but oh so welcome) when dealing with subjects whose nature demand that conclusions be drawn. Thankfully, he allows the reader to do with the facts what they will rather than attempt to steer them one way or another. Amazingly, it seems that the more pieces to a puzzle are missing, the more complete the picture he leaves us with. This coupled with his ability to ferret out the truth (to the extent it can be known) and his exceptional skill as a writer elevate Mr. Wallis right to the top of western historians. Readers of his work can be assured that any volume bearing his name will not only be historically accurate but will be an entertaining read.

The Wild West 365 takes the reader on a monumental journey that should be devoured one turn of the page at a time. Each spread features a short but fascinating narrative accompanied by two or more historic photographs or paintings related to the subject. At almost 750 pages, it is nearly encyclopedic in content and the images supplied by Robert McCubbin are from the largest privately held collection of western photographs in the world. Wallis is a superb guide through the gritty reality that was the real wild west. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book on the wild west August 23, 2012
For the past four years I've been a snob about books. If I can't read a book electronically on my small Kindle device, then I really don't want to read it. I love the portability of my Kindle and turn my nose up to most paper books.

This book is the perfect proof of how wrong I am.

The Wild West: 365 Days is a beautiful publication. The photos are stunning. The pages are beautiful. The typefaces are even perfect for this book.

The book is organized into 365 topics and is intended to be read daily, one topic per day. I'm afraid the topics are too interesting though, and stopping after just one topic isn't really an option for me.

My family had fun with this book on a recent road trip through the western states. My wife flipped through the pages to find topics that related to the areas we were driving through or had recently driven through. It was a fun way to make the histories of those regions come alive (Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and more).

If you're interested in the west and you love vivid historical photos, I highly recommend this book. Even if you're a Kindle snob like me, take some time to switch off the electronics and read a real book like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Litland Reviews amazed by The Wild West: 365 Days! October 30, 2011
This is one of the neatest books I've seen in a long time. The entire family will love it. Keep it on the coffee table but don't let it gather dust!

Every page is a look back into history with a well-known cowboy, pioneer, outlaw, native American or other adventurer tale complete with numerous authentic art and photo reproductions. The book is worth owning just for the original pictures. But there is index of its contents for easy reference too! Not only is this fun for the family book club, it is excellent for the school or home classroom use too. A really fun way to study the 19th century, and well received as a gift too. I highly recommend this captivating collection!
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Published 17 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for a history buff.
I first bought this as a gift. I enjoyed it so much that I kept it and bought a second for her.
Published 29 days ago by Sue Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars I love history and this is a great teacher
I love history and this is a great teacher. It is fun to read and find out so many things I did not know. Have given in to friends and they like it too.
Published 2 months ago by Sus Sweeters
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Goos book with pictures. Any western reader or history of the West would love this book. Bought for my dad and he could not put it down.
Published 9 months ago by Randall Pestel
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Published 12 months ago by Raleigh Amyx
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST collection of vintage photos
This is a GREAT collection of early western photography. I've long spent too much time online looking for reference photos for my western art and for costuming for western-themed... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mike G
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The price was perfect. The timing was super fast and this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot.
Published 17 months ago by Patricia J. Krobath
5.0 out of 5 stars Western calendar
What a great book to have if you are a fan of the old west. Very informative and a joy to read each day.
Published 17 months ago by Curtiss J. Biehn
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure trove of information
There is more historical information in this book about the wild west than you will probably ever need. Packed with pictures on almost every page, the book was fun to read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Sutter
5.0 out of 5 stars packed with great photos
for the price you could not ask for more. great photos and a few paragraphs of history on 365 old west topics
Published 20 months ago by B Smith
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More About the Author

It has been said, "reading a Michael Wallis book is like dancing to a romantic ballad. He offers his hand and gently guides you across the floor, swaying to the song of the American West."

A best-selling author and award-winning reporter, Michael is a historian and biographer of the American West who also has gained international notoriety as a speaker and voice talent. In 2006 Michael's distinctive voice was heard in Cars, an animated feature film from Pixar Studios, also featuring Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, and George Carlin. Michael is also featured in Cars 2, a sequel to the original motion picture released in 2011.

A storyteller who likes nothing better than transporting audiences across time and space, Michael has published seventeen books, including Route 66: The Mother Road, the book credited with sparking the resurgence of interest in the highway. In 2011, Michael's latest works were published -- David Crockett: The Lion of the West, and The Wild West 365.

Other Wallis books include The Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West; Mankiller: A Chief and Her People; Way Down Yonder In The Indian Nation; and Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd. His work has been published in hundreds of national and international magazines and newspapers, including Time, Life, People, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

Michael has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and was also a nominee for the National Book Award. He has won many other prestigious honors, such as the Will Rogers Spirit Award, the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, and the Best Western Non-fiction Award from the Western Writers of America.

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