Old West – Nonfiction

A review index by title of non-fiction works about the American Old West.

“Raw Feeds” are lightly edited versions of my notes on a work.

I use a loose definition of the “Old West” — basically the American frontier after the Revolutionary War — rather than the traditional post-Civil War to 1900.


And Die in the Rest: The Story of the O.K. Corral, Paula Mitchell Marks. Raw Feed.


The Black Hills After Custer, Bob Lee. Review.


Cow-Boys and Colonels: Narrative of a Journey Across the Prairie and Over the Black Hills of South Dakota, Edmond Baron de Mandat-Grancey. Raw Feed.


Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, Tom Clavin. Review.


Geology on the Lewis & Clark Trail  in North Dakota, John W. Hoganson and Edward C. Murphy. Review.

Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier, Roger D. McGrath, 1987. Raw Feed.


Jack McCall, Assassin: An Updated Account of His Yankton Trial, His Plea for Clemency, and Execution, Joseph G. Rosa. Review.


A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific, Robert M. Utley. Review.


Nuggets to Neutrinos: The Homestake Story, Steven T. Mitchell. Review.


Porter Rockwell, Richard LloydPorter Rockwell Dewey. Review.


The Saga of Hugh Glass, John Myers Myers. Review.


They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok, Joseph G. Rosa. Review.

To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West, Mark Lee Gardner. Review.


Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen Ambrose.


Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter: An Account of Hickok’s Gunfights, Joseph G. Rosa. Review.

The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890, James Mooney. Review.