Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1998 - Fiction - 320 pages
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"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 did Black Bart, "the gentleman bandit," disappear? Did Sacajawea, the famous "Bird Woman" who scouted for Lewis and Clark, die twice? The possibilities unfold as Walker brings together little-known facts and the elusive connections that shed light on the biggest enigmas of the American West.
  

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Contents

Foreword by John Jakes
11
The Day Davy Died
23
Incident at Grinders Stand
49
The Life and Deaths of Sacajawea
69
The Man Who Would Be Jesse James
87
The Case of Brushy Bill Roberts
111
Bandit Laureate of the Mother Lode
139
The Mad Hatter and the Assassin
157
The Old Gringos Last Laugh
180
Do Your Duty
205
An Afternoon on the Greasy Grass
229
A Waltz in the Superstitions
261
The Fall of Tashunke Witko
275
Epilogue
301
Acknowledgments
311
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About the author (1998)

Born in Illinois, the son of a career army sergeant, Dale L. Walker is a journalism graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso whose 20 books reflect his varied historical interests: military and Western history, 19th century "Golden Age" journalism, biography, and Jack London studies. Among his books are Januarius Macgahan: The Life and Times of an American War Correspondent; Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West; The Boys of '98; Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders; Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of California; Pacific Destiny; and Eldorado: The California Gold Rush. He is a four-time winner of the Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Owen Wister Award for life achievement in the history and literature of the American West, and many other awards, and is a member of the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters.

Walker, who lives in El Paso, Texas, with his wife of 43 years, Alice McCord, has been involved in virtually every aspect of the book business. He has served as a university press director, newspaper book page editor, magazine editor, fiction editor for Forge Books, book columnist and reviewer, and has written historical books, magazine work, and fiction.

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