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True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine Paperback – August 16, 2005
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Still, I particularly enjoyed reading the chapters which are most aligned with my particular interest - the Western Frontier during the 1870s-1900. In this regard, I found one chapter to be outstanding, that being "The Split: Did Doc & Wyatt Split Because of a Racial Slur?" (pg. 69). Having read numerous books about Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, I was very much surprised to find that there were still some things I didn't know about them, about why they apparently had a falling out, about "Earp's Vendetta Ride," and about who was behind Wyatt Earp and who supported Wyatt and his party when they fled Arizona. This chapter answers a lot of questions and fills in a lot of blanks. I'd buy the book just to get that chapter.
In any event: whether you are simply interested in the Western Gunfighters and the Western Frontier, or are interested in the complete history of the American West from the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803-05) up through the introduction of the American Rodeo in the early 1900s, you will find this book to be both educational and interesting, and a fun read. Go for it. You'll be glad you did.
The men and women covered in TRUE TALES AND AMAZING LEGENDS reads like a Who's Who of the Old West: Sacagawea, George Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa, the Wild Bunch, etc. The stories range from one on early mountain men to how Davy Crockett really died at the Alamo to the story of the Sand Creek Massacre. The Old West abounded in characters, colorful and otherwise, and the book includes a fair share of them: cannibal Alferd Packer, bulldogger Bill Pickett and pioneer women's rodeo champ Vera McGinnis. The authors include such noteworthies as Bob Boze Bell, Joseph Rosa and western novelist Johnny D. Boggs. The articles are illustrated with over 160 photographs, drawings and maps.
Anyone fascinated by the Old West will want to pick up a copy of this book. As well-researched as it is well-written, this nicely illustrated, reasonably-priced volume is both good history and a good read.
Interestingly there are no articles on Billy the Kid, James gang, Daltons, or the Donner party. Those may have helped fill out the book but so many others cover those topics that it's not really necessary here.
The greatest thing about True West and all the periodicals that the western television era spawned is that they were almost entirely made up of true stories. They were the literary version of TVs Death Valley Days. Far from being twice told tales of legendary figures like Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp, the old west magazines jawed' old campfire stories of everyday folks that were part of the great opening of the west, as well as colorful figures in the all but too short time that the west really was old. Stories about settlers, prospectors, lawmen whose exploits and names are known to few, town folk, outlaws never heard about, wagon trains, diaries, desperado's, cattle drives, entrepreneurs, Indians as enemies and friends never favored, and mountain men just to name a few. As someone that has collected these periodicals for decades now, it seems that there is a never ending bounty of interesting characters and events that never cease to amaze and fascinate. True Tales and Amazing Legends is a very well thought out and diverse collection of some of the best true stories torn from the pages of their magazine.Read more ›
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Enjoyed the (as close as practical) articles. The true stories of old west hero's and villains, and those in between, should be researched and told. A quick, enjoyable read...Published 2 months ago by The Historian
Just as advertized. I'd write more details, but Amazon limits how much can be written.Published 2 months ago by Richard Mercer
Fascinating. Engrossing. Highly entertaining and highly recommended. Worth reading again.Published 5 months ago by Ms. R. Deming
Had no difficulty in reading this publication that provides a factual and unbiased accounting of a wide variety of subjects from the Old West.Published 6 months ago by c kelly
Good book. Easy to read. With lots of well known and less known information. Nice.Published 7 months ago by jendot