Legends and Lies

Great Mysteries of the American West

Dale L. Walker; Foreword by John Jakes

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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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LEGENDS AND LIES?
A LEGEND1The Day Davy DiedA Rendezvous at the AlamoOne of the most indelible and enduring images of Western American history was portrayed on television on February 23, 1955, in the final episode of the Disney three-part miniseries "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier." Just before the final fadeout, Davy (Fess Parker) is seen swinging his long rifle in the midst of an attacking force of Mexican soldiers. The program, which was for kids, didn't show him dying, but kids knew, as their parents had long known, that Disney and Fess Parker got it right: that was how Davy died.

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"Dale L. Walker's Legends and Lies is a masterwork of its kind, bringing serious scholarship and poetic prose to a subject that has too often received only tabloid treatment." --Loren D. Estleman

"Not only good reading, but good history." --Roundup Magazine

"A stunning accomplishment." --The San Antonio Express News

"A colorful, accurate, fast romp through some of the remaining mysteries of what was once the American frontier." --The Salem Statesman Journal

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Dale L. Walker; Foreword by John Jakes

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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Legends and Lies
Great Mysteries of the American West
Dale L. Walker; Foreword by John Jakes

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312868482
ISBN10: 0312868480
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 1998
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466812925
ISBN10: 1466812923
320 pages
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