Yours to Command: The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald

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Editorial Reviews

Paul N. Spellman
“Veteran Ranger readers from across the West and Southwest will thoroughly enjoy this more accurate account of McDonald’s still-remarkable exploits, finally putting Bigelow Paine’s 1909 work to rest. McDonald’s is a great story to tell, lore and legend notwithstanding, and I believe that Harold Weiss has that story here.” —Paul N. Spellman, author of Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger
Journal of Arizona History

"Harold Weiss has explored McDonald's distinguished career with rare insight into law enforcement procedures during the period of the last frontier. His book also boasts three 'photo galleries,' which offer images of McDonald and his world with captions of unusual length and value. Yours to Command is one of the most impressive and informative lawman biographies ever penned."—Bill O'Neal

— Bill O'Neal

From the Publisher

"Yours to Command is well written, entertaining, and extensively researched, especially in the reports and other correspondence that McDonald wrote to his superiors in Austin."—Journal of Southern History

"Those seeking a fine narrative of the exploits of a legendary Texas Ranger will be satisfied with this well-researched and well-written book."—Western Historical Quarterly

"At 436 pages it is a richly detailed account of McDonald's storied career. It is both candid and exhaustive."—Journal of South Texas

"Weiss has written the definitive biography of McDonald. His depth of research into primary sources greatly surpasses the quality demonstrated in Albert B. Paine's Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger (1909). Moreover, Weiss has pursued his subject with greater objectivity than his predecessors, and has shown this ranger captain to be a heroic, yet fallible, product of his times."—New Mexico Historical Review

"Weiss's latest work is not only a skilled biography of a noted Texas Ranger but also a case study in the evolution of modern law enforcement during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. . . . Weiss puts to rest the abundant myths regarding McDonald's identity and career, and presents a well-balanced, profoundly nuanced, and deftly interpreted account of this intriguing and enigmatic figure."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Journal of Arizona History - Bill O'Neal
"Harold Weiss has explored McDonald's distinguished career with rare insight into law enforcement procedures during the period of the last frontier. His book also boasts three 'photo galleries,' which offer images of McDonald and his world with captions of unusual length and value. Yours to Command is one of the most impressive and informative lawman biographies ever penned."—Bill O'Neal
Mike Cox
“Weiss’ book sorts truth from legend about a man credited for one of the Rangers’ prime myths, the ‘One Riot, One Ranger’ story.” —Mike Cox, author of The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso
Journal of Arizona History

"Harold Weiss has explored McDonald's distinguished career with rare insight into law enforcement procedures during the period of the last frontier. His book also boasts three ''photo galleries,'' which offer images of McDonald and his world with captions of unusual length and value. Yours to Command is one of the most impressive and informative lawman biographies ever penned."—Bill O''Neal

— Bill O'Neal

Paul N. Spellman

"Veteran Ranger readers from across the West and Southwest will thoroughly enjoy this more accurate account of McDonald''s still-remarkable exploits, finally putting Bigelow Paine''s 1909 work to rest. McDonald''s is a great story to tell, lore and legend notwithstanding, and I believe that Harold Weiss has that story here." -- Paul N. Spellman, author of Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger and Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574412604
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Frances B. Vick Series , #5
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,014,966
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Yours to Command - A good read

    In the pursuit of my family history stemming from Kemper County, Mississippi, I came across Captain William J. McDonald. Captain "Bill" was my great-great-grandmother's first cousin.

    The book was added to my library in support of the ancestry of members of my family. I found the book to be both fair and well intended to portray the life of Captain McDonald with accurate and historical details.

    The fact that I have a personal agenda and interest in the subject matter did not play a part in this review and I do not hesitate to recommend the book to any student interested in the Trans-Mississippi and Texas history.

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