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The Way West: True Stories of the American Frontier

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The history of America is, at its core, the story of the American West. In this new volume from the Western Writers of America, readers are taken deep into the true stories that helped America form its identity, and the people that embodied its essence.
James A. Crutchfield, a long-time WWA Secretary-Treasurer and seasoned historian, has assembled a remarkable cadre of con
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 16th 2006 by Forge Books (first published 2005)
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Tom Darrow
Dec 30, 2014 Tom Darrow rated it liked it
This book is a collection of short nonfiction stories about the American West. Most of the stories are situated in the 1800s, although a few bleed over into the early 1900s. There are some educational and entertaining stories here, although there is some repetition of themes. Additionally, there is no real organization, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on what you're looking for. For example, a story about the Alamo is followed by another about steamboats in the Pacific Northwest. ...more
Tracy
May 14, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
An essential collection of old west stories by the who's who of western writers. All the names you've heard of in western lore, Billy The Kid, John Wesley Hardin, Wyatt Earp etc plus some that the average follower of the old west may not have heard of prior to reading this book.
Regina Jennings
Every chapter was written by a different historian about a little known facet of history. Very interesting and accessible. It was full of colorful tidbits that tickled this writer's imagination.
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James A. Crutchfield is the author of many books on United States history, including Tragedy at Taos: the Revolt of 1847, Eyewitness to American History, and Legends of the Wild West. His contributions to a variety of newspapers and nationally distributed magazines and journals number in the hundreds. He has been awarded the Spur Award from Western Writers of America and is a two-time award recipi ...more
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