Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West / Edition 1

Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West / Edition 1

by Dale L. Walker
     
 

"All of history is mystery," Dale L. Walker says, and he proves his point in this lively, humorous--and rational--approach to the West's greatest puzzles. Did Davy Crockett, for example, go down swinging Ol' Betsy, defending the ramparts of the Alamo--or was he captured? Who is buried in Jesse James's grave? Was the man Pat Garrett shot that night really Billy the

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"All of history is mystery," Dale L. Walker says, and he proves his point in this lively, humorous--and rational--approach to the West's greatest puzzles. Did Davy Crockett, for example, go down swinging Ol' Betsy, defending the ramparts of the Alamo--or was he captured? Who is buried in Jesse James's grave? Was the man Pat Garrett shot that night really Billy the Kid? How did Black Bart, "the gentleman bandit," disappear? Did Sacajawea, the famous "Bird Woman" who scouted for Lewis and Clark, die twice? The possibilities unfold as Walker brings together little-known facts and the elusive connections that shed light on the biggest enigmas of the American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312868482
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/15/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
454,279
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Illinois, the son of a career army sergeant, Dale L. Walker is a journalism graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso whose 20 books reflect his varied historical interests: military and Western history, 19th century "Golden Age" journalism, biography, and Jack London studies. Among his books are Januarius Macgahan: The Life and Times of an American War Correspondent; Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West; The Boys of '98; Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders; Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of California; Pacific Destiny; and Eldorado: The California Gold Rush. He is a four-time winner of the Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Owen Wister Award for life achievement in the history and literature of the American West, and many other awards, and is a member of the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters.

Walker, who lives in El Paso, Texas, with his wife of 43 years, Alice McCord, has been involved in virtually every aspect of the book business. He has served as a university press director, newspaper book page editor, magazine editor, fiction editor for Forge Books, book columnist and reviewer, and has written historical books, magazine work, and fiction.

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Table of Contents

Foreword11
Introduction15
1The Day Davy Died - A Rendezvous at the Alamo23
2Incident at Grinder's Stand - The Last Night of Meriwether Lewis49
3The Life and Death of Sacajawea - The Bird Woman in 1812 and 188469
4The Man Who Would Be Jesse James - J. Frank Dalton vs. DNA87
5"I'm Billy the Kid" - The Case of "Brushy Bill" Roberts111
6Bandit Laureate of the Mother Lode - A Tentative Good-bye to Black Bart139
7The Mad Hatter and the Assassin - Boston Corbett and John Wilkes Booth157
8The Old Gringo's Last Laugh - Ambrose Bierce in Mexico180
9"Do Your Duty!" - The Massacre at Mountain Meadows205
10An Afternoon on the Greasy Grass - Custer and the Little Bighorn229
11A Waltz in the Superstitions - The Lost Dutchman Mine261
12The Fall of Tashunke Witko - Crazy Horse Betrayed275
Epilogue301
Bibliography303
Acknowledgments311
Index313

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