Billy the Kid, Almost Home

   I know why Billy the Kid didn’t leave New Mexico when Pat Garrett was hunting him.    Because Billy was home; the only home he had ever had.    Before Lincoln and Fort Sumner, the Kid’s mother, Catherine McCarty, moved the family from New York to Indianapolis, to Wichita and Denver, to Santa Fe and Silver City,…

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Texas Guitar Man

I was in West Texas, driving through long stretches of nothing, then little towns where stores on the dusty main street were empty and closed: Windows still advertised sales ending five years ago. The only living buildings were churches, and  convenience stores on the highway. Then I saw a man sitting on a bench, playing a…

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Rocky Mountain Christmas: John Monnett and his Yuletide Stories

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!! This month I’m interviewing historian and author John Monnett about his book Rocky Mountain Christmas: Yuletide Stories of the West, published in 1987. Monnett filled the book with everything from the “Bill of Fare” John Fremont’s men “enjoyed” for Christmas dinner in 1848, to what prairie pioneers gave each other when pickings were slim.  …

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Trump, Wyatt Earp and Thomas Jefferson

                                     I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, and yet I understand why many people did: They were punishing our intellectual elites. Since the election, pundits have said this very thing. That media, politicians and the highest paid professionals don’t understand…

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The Captured: Children Kidnapped by Comanches

Former Comanche captives, taken as children, did not do well after their release: They couldn’t stay married, they couldn’t keep a job, some of them never learned to read and write, they couldn’t stay in one place, they had a hard time communicating and generally seemed like unhappy people.

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Kit Carson, Blood and Thunder: An interview with Hampton Sides

Americans eager to follow the path of American conquest need to read “Blood and Thunder,” an historical narrative about Kit Carson, his life and times.

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Jesse James Rides Again through author Mark Gardner

Readers, Mark Gardner wrote this book about Jesse James and his gang, and it’s so fascinating I read it twice. Gardner is a wonderful researcher and writer, and so far has also written about Billy the Kid and Teddy Roosevelt. He’s also a talented musician. So, without further ado.. ROBB: In the book, you made it…

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General Sheridan and the Indian Wars: Paul Hutton Speaks

READERS, Many of you know historian and author Paul Andrew Hutton from his recent book, The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History. But Hutton also wrote Phil Sheridan and His Army, (a Spur Award winner) and that’s what this interview is…

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Teddy and his Rough Riders: Yes they did take San Juan Hill

  Readers, Mark Lee Gardner has written a fascinating book about Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, names everyone knows, but no one knows much about. Here’s the first interesting fact. Although some writers have claimed Teddy did not storm San Juan Hill, or Heights, in fact he and his men did that very thing….

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