True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine
Much has been written about the west—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 people and places that gave rise to America’s Western mythology.
With twenty-six stories that blend fact with folklore, this collection abounds with accounts of the famous and the infamous, including Sacagawea, Wild Bill Hickok, Pancho Villa, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Davy Crockett, and Wyatt Earp. Also here are lesser-known figures whose stories were pivotal to shaping the culture of the era, such as European conquistador Francisco Coronado, rancher “Black Billy” Hill, and fearless lawman Orlando “Rube” Robbins. Other tales recount the wide open plains, lawlessness, drama, mayhem, and promise embodied in the Old West.
Whether you’re a history buff, an Old West devotee, or simply someone who is fascinated by the characters of America’s early years, these timeless tales and photographs epitomize the legendary spirit of what it meant to settle the West.
Educational, interesting, and a fun read
By Marvin D. Pipher - October 15, 2009
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... read more
The West As It Really Was!
By Michael OConnor "Wordsmith" - April 13, 2008
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... read more
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By R. Howell "boriskhan" - May 12, 2008
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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