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121 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS WITH TEXT BY O'NEIL, PAUL. The Frontiersmen.
Time-Life Books, Alexandria: 1977. First Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very Good condition. 
The early Americans who infiltrated the passes of the Appalachian Mountains to explore and then to settle the wilderness west of the Mississippi risked violent death not only from wild beasts but from Indians, foreign armies - and sometimes each other. Here is a highly illustrated presentation of theat period and those who were involved. Includes an Index. 
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122 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS WITH TEXT BY REITER, JOAN SWALLOW. The Women.
Time-Life Books, Alexandria: 0809415143 / 9780809415144 First Printing. This is Volume 23 in The Old West Series. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very Good condition. 
The West was full of promise for women. To succeed they had to fight off Indian raids and endure starvation, privation and the aching sense of being alone in an endless, empty land. But as partners to their men folk they performed laborworth more than all of the West's gold by pressing for schools and c hurches, law and order. Here is a highly illustrated account of their struggles 
Price: 18.91 USD
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123 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS WITH TEXT BY TANNER, OGDEN. The Ranchers.
Time-Life Books, Alexandria: 1977. First Printing. The Old West Series. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very Good condition. 
They were "men who live in the open, who tend their herds on horseback, who go armed and ready to guard their lives by their own prowess, and who call no man master." Thus did Teddy Roosevelt describe the ranchers, a resolute breed who carved a great industry out of the Western wilderness. Here is a highly graphic account of these ranchers who carved out a life on the Plains. Includes an Index. 
Price: 16.62 USD
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124 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS WITH TEXT BY WHEELER, KEITH. The Chroniclers.
Time-Life Books, New York: 1976. First Printing. The Old West Series. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very Good condition. 
The earliest American chroniclers of the immense wilderness beyond the Mississippi were almost unanimous in predicting the rapid settlement of the West. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Here is a highly illustrated account of that time and those writers. Includes an Index. 
Price: 12.07 USD
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125 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS. The Gamblers.
Time-Life Books, Alexandria: 1978 0809423103 / 9780809423101 First Printing. The Old West Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Gambling was as prevalent in the West as dust storms, cowboys and sudden death. Here is a most graphic portrayal of it as it existed in the Old West. 
Price: 23.74 USD
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126 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS. The Spanish West.
Time-Life Books, New York: 1976. First Printing. The Old West Series. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very Good condition. 
For 300 years the territory north of Mexico was part of a vast Spanish empire that at one point covered half the known world. Here is a highly graphic look at that society. Includes an index. 
Price: 14.48 USD
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127 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS.; BROWN, DEE (FOREWORD). America's Wild West.
Time-Life Books, Alexandria: 1993. 0809474387 / 9780809474387 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very good condition. Gift inscription appears on front endpaper. 
A pictorial saga of America's frontier heritage. A companion volume to the television miniseries produced by Rattlesnake Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Includes an Index. 
Price: 29.88 USD
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128 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS; CAPPS, BENJAMIN (TEXT). The Old West: The Indians.
Time-Life Books, New York: 1973. First edition (unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Here is a colorful introduction to the Indians of the Old West. Comanches, Cheyennes, Sioux, Kiowa, and others - all resonant of fierce valor, calling up images of painted horsemen with lances and bows. Includes an Index. 
Price: 11.64 USD
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129 EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS; O'NEILL, PAUL (TEXT). The Old West: The End And The Myth.
Time-Life Books, Alexandria, 1979. 0809423146 / 9780809423149 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very Good condition. 
Explores different aspects of the West including its last hurrah, the rush for black gold, Theodore Roosevelt, and other topics. Includes an Index. 
Price: 38.71 USD
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130 EGAN, FEROL. Frmont: Explorer For A Restless Nation.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 1985. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
John Charles Frmont (1813-1890), was one of the great heroes of America's age of Manifest Destiny. The expeditions he led through largely uncharted western territories discovered such landmarks as Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake, and helped make the United States a trans-continental nation. The success of his early journeys gained him acclaim as a national celebrity. As a U.S. army major, he took control of California from the Bear Flag Republic in 1846, during the Mexican American War. He found a fortune in the California Gold Rush, and became one of the state's first two senators. In 1856, he ran for President as the first candidate of the new Republican Party. Historian Ferol Egan's compelling biography encompasses both the adventurous, eventful life of this complex leader and the relentless ambitions of an expanding nation during the years when the West was being explored and settled. This reprint includes a foreword by Richard Dillon. As a native Californian from Gold Rush country, Ferol Egan developed a love for the American West at an early age. A writer, retired teacher, and historian, Egan is the author of six books including Frmont: Explorer for a Restless Nation, for which he won the Gold Medal for nonfiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. He received the Silver Medal for Sand in a Whirlwind and the California Medal for The El Dorado Trail. He now resides in Berkeley, California. "Egan's book is a treasure of reading and research on John C. Fremont." -Nevada Magazine "A large wide-eyed, genuinely exciting book. [Egan] succeeds in showing exploration as creative initiative rather than individual escapism. . . . It scores as grand storytelling." -Kirkus "Few contemporary Western writers possess both the patience and the skill to combine a scholarly methodology and apparatus with the effective, readable prose that characterizes the work of Ferol Egan. This massive volume can best be described as a monumental contribution. Authoritative, organized to sustain reader interest, and beautifully written." -The Journal of the California Historical Society 
Price: 33.20 USD
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131 EGAN, FEROL. Last Bonanza Kings: The Bourns Of San Francisco.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2009. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This major new biography of one of San Francisco's most influential families makes use of the extensive Bourn family papers from the Bancroft Library to tell the rich history of the Bourn family and its influence on the development of San Francisco and California's Gold Country. As a native Californian from Gold Rush country, Ferol Egan developed a love for the American West at an early age. A writer, retired teacher, and historian, Egan is the author of six books including Frmont: Explorer for a Restless Nation, for which he won the Gold Medal for nonfiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. He received the Silver Medal for Sand in a Whirlwind and the California Medal for The El Dorado Trail. He now resides in Berkeley, California. "Author/historian Egan tells a good story, a skill too often overlooked when it comes to writing history." —Elisabeth Sherwin, The Davis Enterprise, 26 December 1999 "Egan's sparse, no-nonsense prose creates a direct and readable narrative; and the biography, which relies on extensive collections of the Bourn papers at the Bancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley, integrates the lives of these two influential men in the business, social, and political history of San Francisco and its western satrapies in an admirable fashion. The author sets forth quite clearly the numerous business areas in which these titans of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were involved. He also highlights how these very successful businessmen in this essentially frontier community sought to enhance their lives in some broader context, including philanthropy, a hankering for the lifestyle of a European grandee, and a taste for exquisite country estates with the enduring magnificence of Filoli." —Charles A. Fracchia, Nob Hill Gazette, February 1999 "Egan tells the Bourns' story with all the colorful detail and sweeping sense of epic drama that the characters and their times demand. No reader interested in California's colorful past can afford to ignore this major new family biography." —Woodland Democrat, 5 November 1998 "Egan, an acclaimed California historian, makes use of the extensive Bourn family papers in this rich and lively history of the Bourn family and its influence on the development of San Francisco." —R. M. Hyser, CHOICE, April 1999yyy 
Price: 28.45 USD
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132 ELLIS, MARK R. Law And Order In Buffalo Bill's Country: Legal Culture And Community On The Great Plains, 1867 - 1910.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2007. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Celebrated accounts of lawless towns that relied on the extra-legal justice of armed citizens and hired gunmen are part of the enduring cultural legacy of the American West. This image of the frontier has been fueled for more than a century by historians—both amateur and academic—and by various popular images. In the twenty-first century, Great Plains communities continue to perpetuate this image with tourist attractions and events that pay homage to their "lawless" past. But these romanticized depictions of the violent frontier do not accurately portray the legal culture of most early Great Plains communities. Law and Order in Buffalo Bill's Country is a case study of law and legal culture in Lincoln County, Nebraska, during the nineteenth century. Mark R. Ellis argues that nascent nineteenth-century Great Plains communities shared an understanding of the law that allowed for the immediate implementation of legal institutions such as courts, jails, and law enforcement. A common legal culture, imported from New England and the Midwest, influenced frontier communities to uphold traditions of law and order even in the "wild and wooly" frontier community of North Platte, Nebraska. This study is one of the first to examine legal institutions on the Great Plains. By setting aside the issue of a violent frontier West and focusing instead on community building and legal institutions, this study presents a very different image of the frontier-era Great Plains. Mark R. Ellis is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. "It is extremely well researched and presented in layman's terms that all of us nonlawyers can understand."—Francis Moul, Lincoln Journal Star "Well worth perusing by anyone interested in how those in the frontier west dealt with issues of crime and justice."—Peter J. Hill, Journal of American History 2008 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies, finalist. 2008 Scribes Book Award, sponsored by the American Society of Legal Writers, runner-up. 
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133 EMMERLING, MARY; SHEEHAN, CAROL SAMA (TEXT); SKOTT, MICHAEL (PHOTOGRAPHS); TRASK, RICHARD (DESIGN). Mary Emmerling's American Country West.
Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York: 1985. 0517552779 / 9780517552773 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
The West, one of America's greatest national treasures, is celebrated in this sweepingly beautiful book by Mary Emmerling, a leading interpreter of this country's native styles. In over 600 gorgeous full-color photographs, she captures the Indian Southwest of Arizona and New Mexico, the rural ranchlands and farmlands of Texas, the snow-capped peaks of Colorado and Utah, and the Pacific expanse of California. It describes adobes, haciendas, log cabins, ski lodges, ranches, and farmhouses; cowboys, Indians, mountain men, and craftsmen. The directory offers listings for stores, galleries, and craftsmen specializing in Western art, artifacts, and furniture, as well as a guide to museums and historic sites. 
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134 EMMONS, DAVID M. Beyond The American Pale: The Irish In The West, 1845 - 1910.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2010. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Convention has it that Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century confined themselves mainly to industrial cities of the East and Midwest. The truth is that Irish Catholics went everywhere in America and often had as much of a presence in the West as in the East. In Beyond the American Pale, David M. Emmons examines this multifaceted experience of westering Irish and, in doing so, offers a fresh and discerning account of America's westward expansion. "Irish in the West" is not a historical contradiction, but it is — and was — a historical problem. Irish Catholics were not supposed to be in the West—that was where Protestant Americans went to reinvent themselves. For many of the same reasons that the spread of southern slavery was thought to profane the West, a Catholic presence there was thought to contradict it — to contradict America's Protestant individualism and freedom. The Catholic Irish were condemned as the clannish, backward remnants of an old cultural world that Americans self-consciously sought to leave behind. The sons and daughters of Erin were not assimilated, and because they were not assimilable, they should be kept beyond the American pale. As Emmons amply demonstrates, however, western reality was far more complicated. Irish Catholicism may have outraged Protestant-inspired American republicanism, but Irish Catholics were a necessary component of America's equally Protestant-inspired foray into industrial capitalism. They were also necessary to the successive conquests of the "frontier," wherever it might be found. It was the Irish who helped build the railroads, dig the hard rocks, man the army posts, and do the other arduous, dangerous, and unattractive toiling required by an industrializing society. With vigor and panache, Emmons describes how the West was not so much won as continually contested and reshaped. He probes the self-fulfilling mythology of the American West, along with the far different mythology of the Irish pioneers. The product of three decades of research and thought, Beyond the American Pale is a masterful yet accessible recasting of American history, the culminating work of a singular thinker willing to take a wholly new perspective on the past. David M. Emmons is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Montana, Missoula, and the author of The Butte Irish: Class and Ethnicity in an American Mining Town, 1875-1925. He now lives with his wife Caroline along Rattlesnake Creek just north of downtown Missoula, Montana, and 120 miles northwest and downstream of Butte, the capital of western America's "Irish Empire." 
Price: 33.20 USD
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135 ESTLEMAN, LOREN D. The Wister Trace: Assaying Classic Western Fiction.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2014. Second Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A master practitioner's view of his craft, this classic survey of the fiction of the American West is part literary history, part criticism, and entertaining throughout. The first edition of The Wister Trace was published in 1987, when Larry McMurtry had just reinvented himself as a writer of Westerns and Cormac McCarthy's career had not yet taken off. Loren D. Estleman's long-overdue update connects these new masters with older writers, assesses the genre's past, present, and future, and takes account of the renaissance of western movies, as well. Estleman's title indicates the importance he assigns Owen Wister's 1902 classic, The Virginian. Wister was not the first writer of Westerns, but he defined the genre, contrasting chivalry with the lawlessness of the border and introducing such lines as "When you call me that, smile!" Estleman tips his hat to Wister's predecessors, among them Ned Buntline, the inventor of the dime novel, and Buffalo Bill. His assessments of Wister's successors—Zane Grey, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, and Louis L'Amour, to name but three—soon make clear the impossibility of differentiating great western writing from great American writing. Especially important in this new edition is the attention to women writers. The author devotes a chapter each to Dorothy Johnson—author of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"—and Annie Proulx, whose Wyoming stories include "Brokeback Mountain." In his discussion of movies, Estleman includes a list of film adaptations that will guide readers to movies, and moviegoers to books. An appendix draws readers' attention to authors not covered elsewhere in the volume—some of them old masters like Bret Harte and Jack London, but many of them fascinating outliers ranging from Clifford Irving to Joe R. Lansdale 
Price: 18.95 USD
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136 ETULAIN, RICHARD W. Calamity Jane: A Reader's Guide.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
This exhaustive bibliographical reference will be the first stop for anyone looking for Calamity Jane in print, film, or photograph—and wanting to know how reliable those sources may be. Richard W. Etulain, renowned western-U.S. historian and the author of a recent biography of this charismatic figure, enumerates and assesses the most valuable sources on Calamity Jane's life and legend in newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and movies, as well as historical and government archives. Etulain begins with a brief biography of Martha Canary, aka Calamity Jane (1856-1903), then analyzes the origins and growth of her legends. The sources, Etulain shows, reveal three versions of Calamity Jane. In the most popular one, she was a Wild Woman of the Old West who helped push a roaring frontier through its final stages. This is the Calamity Jane who fought Indians, marched with the military, and took on the bad guys. Early in her life she also hoped to embody the pioneer woman, seeking marriage and a stable family and home. A third, later version made of Calamity an angel of mercy who reached out to the poor and nursed smallpox victims no one else would help. The hyperbolic journalism of the Old West, as well as dime novels and the stretchers Calamity herself told in her interviews and autobiography, shaped her legends through much of the twentieth century. Many of the sensational early accounts of Calamity's life, Etulain notes, were based on rumor and hearsay. In illuminating the role of the Deadwood Dick dime novel series and other pulp fiction in shaping what we know—or think we know—of the American West, Etulain underscores one of his fascinating themes: the power of popular culture. The product of twenty years' labor sifting fact from falsehood or distortion, this bibliography and reader's guide includes brief discussions of nearly every item's contents, along with a terse, entertaining evaluation of its reliability. 26 black-and-white Illustrations, 280 pages, 6" x 9". Richard W. Etulain is Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. Former editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, he is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West and Telling Western Stories: From Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry. This lively and complete research guide will thrill anyone interested in the complex histories and fictions that surround Calamity Jane, but frustrate those who want a simple tale."—Anne Hyde, author of Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 "More has been written about Calamity Jane than any other woman of the Old West, but most accounts are unreliable. Here, Richard Etulain offers a guide to this diverse material for all readers, scholars and enthusiasts alike. I only wish it had been available when I began my research on Calamity a couple of decades ago."—James McLaird, author of Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend "With this volume, Richard W. Etulain establishes himself as the ultimate expert on Calamity Jane and the record—in print, photograph, and film—of her life and legend. This book will obviate any excuse for failing to present Calamity Jane accurately or failing to understand the anatomy and growth of mythic stories like hers. Etulain's fortitude and scholarship are to be envied."—Glenda Riley, author of The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley 
Price: 43.65 USD
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137 ETULAIN, RICHARD W. Writing Western History: Essays On Major Western Historians.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Historians of the American West are indebted to the pioneering scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Frederick Jackson Turner, Walter Prescott Webb, and Herbert Eugene Bolton. Etulain gathers essays by contemporary historians on ten of these early writers to survey of the evolution of a scholarly field. Richard W. Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico. Past president of both the Western Literature and the Western History Associations, he lives in Portland, Oregon. 
Price: 27.50 USD
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138 ETULAIN, RICHARD W. & MALONE, MICHAEL P.; ETULAIN, RICHARD W. (PREFACE & NEW CHAPTER). The American West, Second Edition: A Modern History, 1900 To The Present..
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London: 2007. Second Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The only book-length historical overview of the post-1900 American West. This balanced, comprehensive account of the modern West skillfully delineates the changes and resulting complexities that characterize the twentieth-century West. The authors consider the ways in which urban, service, and computer-related industries have replaced rural, extractive, and agricultural economies. They also trace the steps by which western politics shifted from New Deal principles to more conservative, Republican policies. The book examines the roles of racial and ethnic groups in the recent West, emphasizing the challenges facing Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans in the region. Other chapters discuss western women, families, and urban developments. Thorough coverage of cultural topics—literature, art, films, religion, and education—includes lively descriptions of important individuals and memorable events. This Bison Books edition, which features a new chapter covering the mid-1980s to 2005 and bibliographic essays on books about the modern American West, offers the most up-to-date discussion of the contemporary American West available. Richard W. Etulain is a professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Re-imagining the Modern American West: A Century of Fiction, History, and Art and Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West. Michael P. Malone (1940-99) was president of Montana State University and the author of many books, including James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest. "A fair and far-reaching synthesis. It is clearly the best single volume available on its subject. Malone and Etulain treat difficult topics in even-handed and often insightful fashion."—Peter Iverson, Great Plains Quarterly "With the publication of this book, a major gap in western history has been filled by two premier historians in the field."—Raymond Wilson, North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains "Exceedingly well written and comprehensive, The American West should become the standard work on the subject."—Richard Lowitt, author of The New Deal and the West "Here is the up-to-date West, its economy, its varying social patterns, its culture, its politics, and a geographic matrix, with explanations that helps us know and appreciate who and what we are and maybe a bit as to where and why we may be going."—Glenn M. Busset, Manhattan Mercury (Kansas) 
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139 ETULAIN, RICHARD W. (EDITOR). Western Lives: A Biographical History Of The American West.
University of New Mexico Press in association with the University of New Mexico Center for the Southwest, Albuquerque. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The history of the American West is full of intriguing life stories, and the fifteen essays in this collection weave a selection of those lives together to focus on the main currents in the region's history. The first five essays cover the period from contact to the mid-nineteenth century and feature Indian leaders and Spanish colonizers, characters from the Mexican period, explorers, mountain men, and missionaries. Familiar names in this portion are Juan Bautista de Anza, Stephen F. Austin, DoĖa Tules, Lewis and Clark, Jedediah Smith, and Narcissa Whitman. The second group of essays reflects on Mormons, miners, California Hispanics, American Indians, ranchers, farmers, and the Wild West of Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. The essays on the twentieth-century West examine the careers of James J. Hill, John Muir, Jeannette Rankin, Aimee Semple McPherson, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Walt Disney, Csar Chavez, Barbara Jordan, Microsoft's Paul Allen, and the mythical figure of Rosie the Riveter. The Contributors Carl Abbott is professor of urban studies and planning at Portland (Oregon) State University. Katherine G. Aiken is professor and chair of the department of history, University of Idaho. Gary Clayton Anderson is professor of history, University of Oklahoma. Barton H. Barbour is assistant professor of history, Boise State University. Cheryl J. Foote teaches history at TVI Community College, Albuquerque. Mark S. Foster is professor of history, University of Colorado, Denver. Richard Griswold del Castillo is chair of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, San Diego State University. Mark W. T. Harvey is associate professor of history, North Dakota State University, Fargo. Jon Hunner directs the program in public history, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. R. Douglas Hurt is chair of the history department, Purdue University. Anne F. Hyde is professor of history, Colorado College, Colorado Springs. John L. Kessell is professor emeritus of history, University of New Mexico, and founding editor of the six-volume Vargas Series (UNM Press). William L. Lang is professor of history and former director of the Center for Columbia River History, Portland State University. Glenda Riley is Alexander M. Bracken Professor Emeritus of History, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Elliott West is Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Richard Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico and the author or editor of more than forty books. Etulain lives in Clackamas, Oregon. "This is a thorough book that makes a significant contribution to understanding the history and dynamics of the American West." -- Statesman-Journal, OR "This volume is a masterpiece of good factual info, fascinating biographies and good writing. The contributing scholars have taught the reader a new way to grasp the totality of the Western experience."-- The Cortez Journal, CO "Accurate and easy to read, Western Lives is intended as a text for students and general readers and serves that purpose admirably. . . The book has a consistently high level of scholarship and writing clarity for a work with multiple authors."-- American Reference Books Annual "This book will be of interest to all for whom the West is not an interest but a passion." -- The Bloomsbury Review ". . well-written essays on the lives of other people."-- East Texas Historical Journal "Noted scholar and engaging author of western US history Etulain has produced yet another exceptional, thought-provoking study. . . A book that historians, western historians, biographers, and, perhaps even more importantly, students, will find not just engaging, but also valuable for their own research and study. . . Essential."-- CHOICE Magazine "Richard Etulain continues to be a force in the historiography of the American West. . .Etulain has assembled 15 lively, well-written, and amply illustrated essays in a roughly chronological order to tell the story of the American West. . . A solid contribution to the field."-- Pacific Northwest Quarterly "Western Lives is an excellent resource book. This book would benefit any upper-level or graduate class on the American West, and should be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of the region."-- Nebraska History "[Western Lives] is truly useful as a basic history and reference tool. It is a book you will enjoy reading."-- Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal 6.13 x 9.25 in., 50 halftones, 11 maps. 
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140 EVANS, MAX. Madam Millie: Bordellos From Silver City To Ketchikan.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Mildred Clark Cusey was a whore, a madam, an entrepreneur, and above all, a survivor. The story of Silver City Millie, as she referred to herself, is the story of one woman's personal tragedies and triumphs as an orphan, a Harvey Girl waitress on the Santa Fe railroad, a prostitute with innumerable paramours, and a highly successful bordello businesswoman. Millie broke the mold in so many ways, and yet her life's story of survival was not unlike that of thousands of women who went West only to find that their most valuable assets were their physical beauty and their personality. Petite at five feet tall with piercing blue eyes, Millie captured men's attention by her very essence and her unmistakable joie de vivre. Born to Italian immigrant parents near Kansas City, she and her sister were orphaned early and separated from each other. Millie learned hard lessons on the streets, but she never gave up and she vowed to protect and support her ailing older sister. Caught in a domestic squabble in her foster home, Millie wound up in juvenile court with Harry Truman as her judge. This would be only the first of many brushes in her life with prominent politicians. When physicians diagnosed her sister with tuberculosis and recommended she move West to a Catholic home in Deming, New Mexico, Millie moved with her. Expenses ran high and after a brief stint waiting tables as a Harvey Girl, Millie found that her meager tips could easily be augmented by turning tricks. Thus, out of financial need and devotion to her sister, Mildred Cusey turned to a life of prostitution and a career at which she soon excelled and became both rich and famous. 6 x 9 in. 344 pages 79 halftones. Max Evans, novelist, artist, scriptwriter, former cowboy, miner, and dealer in antiquities, resides in Albuquerque. He received the Owen Wister Award for lifelong contributions to the field of western literature from the Western Writers of America. "The story of Mildred Fantetti Cusey sells itself -- a memoir about a strong, resourceful survivor in an age of self-made entrepreneurs. . . ." -- El Paso Times ". . . the book does deliver its promise: A complete picture of the prostitution business as it was actually practiced in the western states ." --Ravalli Republic, Montana ". . . authentic narratives by prostitutes and madams are rare, and Cusey's raucous recollections are an important addition to the literature." --Western Historical Quarterly "Local color is an ever-present element in this story, from crooked cops to belligerent johns, and Millie herself stands larger than life as the prime source of energy, humor, and business acumen that made her efforts successful." --The Bloomsbury Review "Millie's is the quintessential American success story." --The Dallas Morning News "There aren't many subjects more titilating than good old fashioned whoring." -- The Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque ". . .novelist Evans tells the rollicking true story of Mildred Cusey, a resourceful orphan, former Harvey Girl, and astute businesswoman who for nearly a half century lived happily and well off the wages of sin." -- Inside Tuscon Business, Southwest Books of the Year ". . .the life of 'Madam Millie' is the saga of the West as it played itself out in bedrooms and back alleys." --Los Angeles Times "Millie's story is an important one, highlighting as it does that prostitution in the West is not just a nineteenth-century phenomenon. . . . The book is an intersting combination of journalism and biography." --Montana, The Magazine of Western History 
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