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Best Old West Books Worth Your Attention

Looking for the best Old West books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine (2005)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your Attention—most of it clouded by exaggeration and fabrication. Since 1953, True West magazine has been devoted to celebrating the West’s true colors, giving the men and women who settled there accurate voices, exploring every triumph and tragedy of their time—and exposing every vice and virtue.True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West commemorates these unforgettable cowboys, Indians, and city slickers through a mix of classic histories and brand-new narratives, all illustrated with photographs—many reproduced here for the first time—of the…
Author(s): Editors of True West

2. The Bawdy House Girls: A Look at the Brothels of the Old West (2006)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a history of the brothels and the girls who worked in them. Many of the madams and the girls who worked for them were kind hearted and helped the needy in their communities. Some of them, such as Big Nose Kate, simply like the work and couldn’t leave even though she had tried several times. The reader will find their former thoughts and conclusions about the girls and the brothels of the old west will change. #3,021,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #76186 in U.S. State & Local History #105415 in World History (Books) #18992 in United States…
Author(s): Alton Pryor

3. Shot All to Hell: Bad Ass Outlaws, Gunfighters, and Law Men of the Old West (2016)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionFor over 150 years the image of western bad men has thrilled readers and filled movie screens. Who hasn’t heard of Jesse James, the Dalton Brothers, Black Bart, or Belle Starr? They are as much a part of American folklore as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.There’s something about the west that has brought out the best, and the worst in mankind. The funny thing is, a cult following has developed around many of these bandits, making them out to be something they weren’t.The legend that grew up around Joaquin Murrieta was that he was just a…
Author(s): Nick Vulich

4. African American Women of the Old West (2007)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionThe brave pioneers who made a life on the frontier were not only male—and they were not only white. The story of African-American women in the Old West is one that has largely gone untold until now. The stories of ten African-American women are reconstructed from historic documents found in century-old archives. Some of these women slaves, some were free, and some were born into slavery and found freedom in the old west. They were laundresses, freedom advocates, journalists, educators, midwives, business proprietors, religious converts, philanthropists, mail and freight haulers, and civil and social activists. These hidden historical…
Author(s): Tricia Martineau Wagner

5. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West (2018)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionDodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West.Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely…
Author(s): Tom Clavin

6. Old Mother West Wind (Illustrated): Children’s Bedtime Story Book (2019)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionOld Mother West Wind is a children’s bedtime story book written by Thornton Burgess. Burgess used his outdoor observations of nature as plots for his bedtime stories. The characters in the Old Mother West Wind include Peter Rabbit (known briefly as Peter Cottontail), Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Old Mother West Wind, and her Merry Little Breezes. #419,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1680 in Children’s Sleep Issues #1935 in Presidents & Heads of State Biographies…
Author(s): Thornton Burgess, George Kerr

7. Origins of West African nationalism: [by] Henry S. Wilson (History in depth) (1969)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionYour recently viewed items and featured recommendations › View or edit your browsing history After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. #5,490,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3156 in Nationalism (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Henry S Wilson

8. Shooting Buffalo Rifles of the Old West (2014)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionTable of ContentsIntroduction2) What Constitutes a Buffalo Rifle?3) Understanding Buffalo Rifle CartridgesPart I: THE RIFLES4) Trapdoor Springfields5) Sharps6) Remingtons7) Ballards8) Winchester Single Shot9) The Rifle ReproductionsPart II: BASIC RELOADING FOR BUFFALO RIFLES10)Introduction to Buffalo Cartridge Reloading11)Basic Reloading for Buffalo Rifles12)A Paper Patch Bullet Demonstration Author’s Note13).40-70 Bottleneck (2 1/4")14).40-70 Straight (2 1/2")15).40-90 Bottleneck (2 5/8")16).44-77 (2 1/4")17).44-90 (2 5/8")18).45-70 Government (2 1/10")19).45-90 (2 4/10")20).45-100 (2…
Author(s): Mike Venturino

9. Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier: Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Luke Short and Others (2009)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionA legendary lawman, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, and newspaper columnist, Bat Masterson served as sheriff of Ford County, Kansas, ruled Dodge City, and became an eyewitness to the heyday of the Old West’s most notorious outlaws. His thrilling collection of mini-biographies reveals fascinating details about a host of legendary gunslingers, painting a vivid portrait of a world of sharpshooters, cattle rustlers, and frontier justice. First published as a series of magazine articles in 1907, these life-and-death dramas introduce you to some of the most famous gunfighters America has…
Author(s): W. B. (Bat) Masterson

10. A Western Christmas (Old West Wyoming) (2017)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionLaramie, Wyoming Territory, December 1887This is the story of the first Maitland who bought a ranch north of town and became a prosperous landowner and businessman, fighting greedy neighbors, outlaws, train robbers, hired gunslingers, surviving in a harsh climate and protecting his ranch and his rights. After five years of hard work, Elliott Maitland has succeeded to make profitable the ranch he bought on a whim from a gambler who had no interest in working with cattle. A frosty winter day finds Elliott in town, hoping to conclude his business before the blizzard starts in earnest. Sam, the owner of…
Author(s): Vivian Sinclair

11. Old Mother West Wind (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics) (1995)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionWelcome to the timeless world of the Green Forest, the laughing Brook, and the Smiling Pool. Here young readers will meet a menagerie of funny and fascinating animal friends — Peter Cottontail, Jimmy Skunk, Reddy Fox, Grandfather Frog and many more — and learn about their exciting adventures.In this beloved classic, the first in a series of highly popular animal tales by Thornton W. Burgess, children discover the answers to such questions as why Grandfather Frog has no tail and why Jimmy Skunk wears stripes. There’s also great fun…
Author(s): Thornton W. Burgess

12. Alcohol and Opium in the Old West: Use, Abuse and Influence (2013)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionThis book explores the role and influence of drink and drugs (primarily opium) in the Old West, which for this book is considered to be America west of the Mississippi from the California gold rush of the 1840s to the closing of the Western Frontier in roughly 1900. This period was the first time in American history that heavy drinking and drug abuse became a major social concern. Drinking was considered to be an accepted pursuit for men at the time. Smoking opium was considered to be deviant and associated with groups on the fringes of mainstream society, but opium use and addiction by…
Author(s): Jeremy Agnew

13. Eyewitness to the Old West: Firsthand Accounts of Exploration, Adventure, and Peril (2004)

 Best Old West Books Worth Your AttentionA collection of over 150 vignettes from the journals and diaries of people who lived or traveled in the Old West, these accounts begin with the sixteenth-century collisions between the Spaniards and the Indians and conclude with Black Elk's mournful description of the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. Storytellers include explorers, missionaries, Indian leaders, a poet, an artist, and a future president. #1,567,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #80318 in United States History (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Richard Scott

Best Old West Books Worth Your Attention

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European Social Work After 1989: East-West Exchanges Between Universal Principles and Cultural Sensitivity

Author(s): Walter Lorenz, Zuzana Havrdová, Oldřich Matoušek
ID: 2879949, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

A Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of Western Old Japanese

Author(s): Alexander Vovin
ID: 2819275, Publisher: Brill, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

The Old Stones of the West of England: A Field Guide to Megalithic and Other Prehistoric Sites

Author(s): Andy Burnham
ID: 2308911, Publisher: Watkins Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 32 Mb, Format: epub

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