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Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by Forge Books (first published December 1997)
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Dec 25, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Legends and Lies” is a fun, affable book that while dated (1997), is part blue-collar lit review and part MythBusters-esque discovery. Each chapter has its own subject, so I would even go so far as to call them single-sitting summaries for say, when one feels compelled to pop a squat in the bathroom after a heavy meal. While I know historical and archaeological projects have progressed on at least one topic—the battle of Little Bighorn—since this book was published ( ...more
May 24, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This is a good book. It's basically episodic - covering twelve incidents in the history of the American "Wild West" - though some connections between the incident occur. The book's theme, as noted in its subtitle, is "Great Mysteries of the American West", and while the author seems to stretch a bit to drag a few of the incidents (such as Custer's Last Stand) under the "mystery" banner, he does a very good job of presenting evidence on all sides of each matter and explaining how credible each wi ...more
Matt Coleman
Jan 11, 2013 Matt Coleman rated it liked it
I love history, especially learning details about stories I should already know. The problem with this book is that it is dated. It was published in 1997, and it shows. More evidence has probably surfaced in the last 15 years, and DNA technology had definitely improved. It still seemed like a new technology at the publishing date. I the preface, the author seemed to say that he would clear up the issues; he didn't. He presented all the information that has been presented since the incidents he c ...more
Oct 07, 2008 Melea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Dr. Walker explores some of the mysteries of the Old West. He compiled information to "solve" some of the mysteries, while others remain unsolved, and may always be so. I enjoyed reading about these incident. I had not been familiar with some. The mysterious disappearance of Ambrose Bierce was one that I had never heard of. I am familiar of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, but it always gives me chills.
Charolette Austin
The information was good once you got through the crap. When reading a book like this I like to just get the facts, I found myself drifting off while reading.
It took me awhile to finish because I kept putting it down then going back hoping it would get better.
Someone else may find this a really good read but I didn't.
John B. Auel
Apr 25, 2015 John B. Auel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Well researched. Interesting and well written. Some of the stories were known to me but others were new. Worth your time.
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