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The Iron Mistress

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Frontiersman, fortune hunter, soldier, duelist - lord among men and servant of women - this was James Bowie, a fabulous and nearly forgotten hero of the American frontier.

Three very different and fascinating women helped mold Bowie's strange and conflicting personality. There was Judalon de Bornay, the proud, self-willed New Orleans beauty; Catherine Villars, the sensuous
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published 1951 by Doubleday
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Jun 22, 2014 John rated it did not like it
After reading the first 50 pages of this, I felt certain it was going to be a 5 star read. I even looked up other books of his on Ebay. Very glad I did not buy any. The author created wonderful characters, and scenes, and situations but it never came together for me. It was more like a screenplay than a novel. At times ,I felt like I was reading newspaper articles. Perhaps a good editor could have saved it. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A 5. such a waste.
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Nov 29, 2016 Mahdi Hasan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
এ গল্প ১৮ শতকের উত্তাল রুক্ষ আমেরিকার। এ গল্প জেমস বাউয়ির...দুর্ধর্ষ জুয়াড়ি, তরুণ, সুদর্শন, সাহসী এক মানুষের গল্প। তারুণ্যের জোয়ারের শুরুতেই যে ভালোবেসেছিল বন্ধুর বোন জুদাল দ্য বোর্নেই-কে। জুদাল-এর নির্মম প্রত্যাখ্যান যাকে করে তোলে পোড় খাওয়া এক মানুষে। নিয়ে যায় ক্যাসিনোতে জুয়া খেলা থেকে শুরু করে দাস ব্যবসায়-তে। দাস ব্যবসায় থেকে ইন্ডিয়ানদের কাছে, রুপার সন্ধানে। এভাবে চলতে থাকে তার ভয়ঙ্কর জীবন। তৈরি করে অনেক শত্রুর, যাদের রেষের কবল থেকে বাঁচতে রীতিমত শক্তি, বিবেক ও পরিশ্রমের বিকল্প নেই। পল ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
This book sat on a shelf for years before I finally decided to read it, and then I was pleasantly surprised. At the time, I probably would have given it four-stars, but I have a feeling that today I would only give it three.

This may well have been my introduction to the Alamo, and I remember being surprised to learn that the Bowie knife was named for its 'designer.'
May 14, 2015 Lona rated it liked it
Interesting story. This story takes place in the late 1700's to 1834 or so. It has everyting from river boat gambling to horse racing to wars.
May 13, 2008 Meen marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-it, fiction
This is another one of those weird books about which I have no idea how it came to be in my possession...
A very male book. It was made into a movie.
Regardless of it being so masculine I enjoyed the read. The hero is the inventor of the Bowie knife and it ends with the Alamo.
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Great historical fiction by one of my favorite authors.
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Paul Iselin Wellman was an American journalist, popular history and novel writer, and screenwriter, known for his books of the Wild West: Kansas, Oklahoma, Great Plains.

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