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The Wild, Wild West of Louis L'amour : the Illustrated Guide to Cowboys, Indians, Gunslingers, Outlaws and Texas Rangers Hardcover – May 24, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Courage Books (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762423579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762423576
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rockman on October 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This slim but mighty volume serves a number of purposes. First and foremost, it is a worthy companion to the novels of Louis L'Amour, and sheds historical light on his fictional west. While I loved "How The West Was Won" - one of the very first movies besides Clint Walker's "Yellowstone Kelly" that I ever went to see, Mr. Wexler's book brings the Rawlings family, particularly Zeb and Linus into proper historical perspective. He also does the same for the famous Sackett characters, and others like "Utah Blaine" here as well.

Secondly, it is a coffee table book filled with artifacts, paintings and graphic images of those who fought for, settled, and left their mark on the West - the good, the bad, and yep, the ugly too. Wexler might have provided a stronger narrative on the Indian and the Wars for the Plains and the Desert; he did not. Those wonderful sepia toned photos of Cowboys on the plains are also conspiciously lacking; and I'm surprised he was so minimal when it came to discussing Buffalo Bill Cody. There are no discussion nor imagery of the great scout's "Wild West Shows" - but then again, the old Colonel never really passed through Mr. L'Amour's novels.

Wyatt Earp and the dynasty of Western Outlaws, plus women of the west, good and bad, proper and soiled get their due; there are also fine photos of the gambling tables, the scout's gear and acroutments, the ghost towns. If you already have coffee table books on "Western History" then there's not much difference about this one from the others save the homage to Mr. L'Amour...but for the Western History beginner, or for someone who would love a good and new coffee table Western History book, this slim volume makes an purdy awesome book.

"The Wild, Wild West of Louis L'Amour" is also a companion book accompanying the wonderful new "Guns and Gamblers" exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean S. on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book for my son who teaches US History (it was on his wish list). After receiving the book I ordered another one for my brother-in-law who is a big Louis L'amour fan. My husband, after reviewing the books, has decided that he too wants a copy. So, I am placing an order for a third book!!
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Format: Hardcover
I have always loved western movies since I was a little kid, but I am fairly new to western history and western adventure novels. Those who are into reading western authors are quite familiar with the legendary Louis L'Amour's books. This beautifully fully illustrated book pays tribute to the author and the people, places, and events that inspired his novels. This is a coffee table type of book that covers a lot of material about the old west. This reference text begins with a short biography of Louis L'Amour and moves on to topics such as outlaws and law men, gunfighter profiles, cowboys and indians, the Texas Rangers, the Civil War, and many other interesting chapters.

In conclusion, even if you are not into reading western novels, but love western movies, you will enjoy reading this book.

Rating: 5 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician)
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