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"If the lore of cowboys and outlaws and Indians weren't so appealing, the central myth of the Old West would be the story of its newspapers, as it is vividly related here."—The New Yorker.
"The great temptation in commenting on this highly entertaining history is simply to repeat some of the excerpts from old newspapers that Dary has the good sense to quote so lavishly. They are salty, angry, foul-tempered, opinionated, unfair, misspelled and more fun to read than an entire year of contemporary op-ed pages."—Publishers Weekly.
"There's great fun here for students of Americana."—Seattle Weekly.
"Dary has mined the lode with another of his sweeping books about the creating of the West."—David Lavender, author of The Great West and Westward Vision.
"At long last, we have a proper assessment of the neglected role of the free press in the settlement of the American West. The newspaper publisher, editor, and printer (often all rolled into one) brought something that passed for civilization to each new and raw town on the frontier before schools or even churches could arrive. Only a few of them (Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Bill Nye) rose beyond anonymity, but all of them now have their Boswell in David Dary."—Richard Dillon, author of The Legend of Grizzly Adams.
"A significant contribution to the history of the American West."—Robert Utley, author of Billy the Kid and The Lance and the Shield.