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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (August 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307236382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307236388
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Founded in 1953, True West magazine reaches more than 193,000 readers every issue. It is distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and has been critically acclaimed for its accurate portrayals of Old West legends.

Customer Reviews

I'd buy the book just to get that chapter.
Marvin D. Pipher
I got this for my husband for Christmas, and he read most of it the first night, and said it is a great read, and he learned a lot from it.
Linda Sue Blessing
Very easy to pick up & take up where you stopped reading.
Shorty

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Pipher on October 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you flip through this book (as I did in a bookstore in Tombstone, Arizona) a few chapter headings will likely jump out at you, most prominently: The Warrior Who Killed Custer?, The Wild Bunch, Fifty Things You Don't Know About Wyatt Earp, The Split [between Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp], The Real Wild Bill, and How Did Davy (Crockett) Die?. If you're like me, you'll also see 20 other chapter headings which don't seem quite so appealing. The question was, in my case at least: Is it worth buying this book simply because it has six really intriguing chapters? The answer is a definite, yes, for this book is interesting and informative from cover to cover.

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.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
For over 50 years TRUE WEST magazine has been publishing articles that revealed the Old West as it really was, earning a reputation for dogged research and accurate reporting. TRUE TALES AND AMAZING LEGENDS OF THE OLD WEST brings together 26 articles, either classic TRUE WEST articles published over the years or brand new submissions. Illustrated with rare photographs, this book is a treasure trove for Western afficiandos.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on May 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Here's a compilation of 26 True West magazine stories arranged into a fluidic telling of the old west history and dealing with some major players as well as some you may not have heard of before. Some of the bases covered are Sacagawea, the early mountain men, Davy Crocket & the Alamo, Wild Bill Hickok, Custer, Santa Ana, Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa, Butch & the Wild Bunch, "Indian problems", cannibal Alferd Packer and then progresses into the decline of the west with the last stars of the day like bulldogger Bill Pickett and trick-rider Vera McGinnis. There are some great stories in here and the armchair historian should enjoy it immensely. Easy format, good pictures, and sidebar timelines make this a book absolutely worth checking out.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas... TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Anyone that is familiar with True West magazine knows that it is the very last if a vanishing breed. Back in the glorious 50s, a whole frontier full of western magazines were born when the wild west ruled television. By the time the mid 70s came around, most had gone the way of the buffalo. That is, all but vanished. Just a couple of magazines remained in print. True west was one of them. (The other being Real West that joined the vanishing prairies by the late 80s). True West is still around today, (though in all honesty it is a shadow of its former self. Much more colorful and into art, travel, and fashion than it is old time story telling. But at least its still 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.
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