Historic Photos of Heroes of the Old West by Mike Cox
No story in United States history is more compelling than the exploration and settlement of the American West, and the tales of those who blazed the trails will forever enthrall Americans yet unborn. In Historic Photos of Heroes of the Old West, the dauntless adventurers who gave us the legend come alive together in profile. Herein are the early pathfinders Zebulon Pike and Lewis and Clark, James Marshall and men of the gold rush, the lawmen Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok. George Armstrong Custer returns to the Little Big Horn and John Wesley Powell revisits the Colorado River. And Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, and Charles Russell breathe the legend to life. A sagely written brush with the lore and romance of the Old West, this roundup of the most famous frontiersmen includes nearly 200 photographs, reproduced vividly in black-and-white, with captions and introductions by author and historian Mike Cox. Here are the fables and the faces of Americans double-tough, for every adventurer seeking an encounter with the great American West.
An elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Mike Cox is the author of 15 nonfiction books. Over a freelance career of more than 40 years, he has also written hundreds of articles and essays for a wide variety of publications. The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 (2008) received excellent reviews and has been a best-seller among books about the Old West. Historic Photos of Texas Lawmen and Historic Photos of Texas Oil are his latest books, both available from Turner Publishing Company.
A former award-winning reporter, Cox was a longtime spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety and later communications manager for the Texas Department of Transportation before retiring in 2007.
These days Cox devotes full time to his freelance writing, while finding time to work in a little fishing and hunting. He lives in Austin with his wife and daughter.