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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
I originally read this book back in my freshman year of college for an American history class.  I wasn't expecting or prepared for what I read.  I was, perhaps naively, expecting something …
reviewed To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Ki.... July 04, 2010
To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat
Having always been a fan of the story of Billy the Kid since Young Guns, I was truly disappointed in this book.       It begins with telling the stories of both Billy the …
posted a Quick Tip about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Ind.... June 24, 2010
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
What an awesome alternate history compilation. Anyone who wants to see the other side of the Old West, the other side of cowboys and indians, this is a must read. It's a bit slanted against the white-man, …
reviewed The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In.... June 21, 2010
The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In The West
   History is vivified when seen through the eyes of an individual, thus it is with Christopher Corbett's story of Polly Bemis, a Chinese concubine sold by her starving parents IN 1872 then …
reviewed The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In.... May 02, 2010
The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In The West
One of the things I'm learning during my reading of historical titles is that we tend to forget much of our past. And actually, we *do* end up repeating many of our mistakes and ugly periods. I found …
The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In The West
It's the stuff that legends are made of.  The year was 1872.  A young Chinese girl arrives in San Francisco which at the time was the chief port of entry for those emigrating to this …
reviewed The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In.... April 19, 2010
The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In The West
When you study about the Chinese coming to America in the 19th century, the emphasis has always been on those who helped to build the western portion of the transcontinental railroad. As we learn from …
The Poker Bride: The First Chinese In The West
Corbett, Christopher. "The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the West", Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010.    A Saga of America    Amos Lassen    Here …
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Kruez Market BBQ - Lockhart Texas
The best BBQ in Texas! Since 1900.
reviewed Kruez Market BBQ - Lockhart Texas. March 17, 2010
Kruez Market BBQ - Lockhart Texas
 The best BBQ in Texas! Just 25 miles south of Austin TX on Highway 183. Try the ribs and you'll know what I'm talking about!
To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat
Until I read this book I had only read mythological accounts of Billy the Kid, which usually contain nothing of Pat Garrett’s life.  Books and movies have mythologized Bill they Kid as a Robin …
reviewed West to the Sun. February 27, 2010
West to the Sun
"West to the Sun" is historical fiction about an 11-year-old boy and his family traveling by wagon train along the Oregon Trail around 1849. Though not heavy-handed with the historical details, this is …
reviewed West to the Sun. February 20, 2010
West to the Sun
During the westward expansion of the United States, thousands of people made the long trek from some starting point on the Mississippi river to the Oregon territory. It was a difficult journey and their …
reviewed Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Ear.... April 16, 2009
Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West
A rather interesting series of stories about notorious prostitutes and madams of the old west. This a worthy boo kbecause its provides, under one cover, some quick glimpses of the more famous of the "soiled …
reviewed Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Ind.... March 26, 2009
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
The strength of "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" is also its weakness: Its commitment to telling an ugly truth about American history so searing as to become numbing after a while.    It's …
reviewed Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend. March 16, 2009
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Writing about western legends like Doc Holliday is an extremely difficult and daunting prospect for the historian. First, there is the scant, and often contradictory, primary sources on which to rely. …
reviewed Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfig.... March 15, 2009
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Deadly Dozen provides 12 mini-biographies of "forgotten gunfighters of the old west." While the writing style is rather bland and the prose a bit tedious, it provides the reader insight into 12 rather …
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
Weight of evidence builds to the sad but inescapable conclusion of Wounded Knee. Brown lays to rest any romantic notions of misunderstood white paternalism toward Native Americans, and leaves the reader …
reviewed Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My.... September 15, 2006
Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life
Part travelogue, part coming-of-age story, a bit of a sociological study, and entirely a memoir of a woman's encounter with the unknown, "Vanished Arizona" is an introduction to a world most of us only …
reviewed One Thousand White Women: The Journal.... May 07, 2006
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
Set in the mid 1800s, this story finds main character May Dodd committed to an insane asylum by her family...after having been found to be such for loving a man far beneath her station in life, and bearing …
reviewed One Thousand White Women: The Journal.... November 14, 2000
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
The Journals of May Dodd, documenting her participation in the "Brides for Indians" program, secretly sponsored by the US Government, is a riveting read. May Dodd is one of a group of white women (and …
reviewed Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Ind.... March 16, 2000
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
I have never before read a book like this. It is utterly fascinating, a real page turner, and yet it makes you ashamed of something that happened many years before your birth. Ashamed because you know …
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