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Western Words: New Book Releases For January 22, 2013

Jan 22, 2013 - 03:00 PM
Western Words: New Book Releases For January 22, 2013

Congressman Lincoln by Chris DeRose

Lincoln scholars and history buffs have recently enjoyed a cornucopia of books, all hoping to tie in to the success of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film biography. In Congressman Lincoln, Chris DeRose offers a closer look at the Republican rail-splitter’s early political career, back before he looked like Daniel Day Lewis.

It was in Congress, DeRose argues, that Lincoln honed his skills as a political tactician and homespun speaker, while also displaying an occasional temper that nearly resulted in a pistol duel with a political rival. He was also the first future president to argue a case before the Supreme Court, and the only one to patent an invention. As a member of the House of Representatives, Lincoln helped to craft bills on trade, banking and stimulus spending, while beginning his crusade to halt the expansion of slavery. Congress doesn’t rate very well with the public these days according to polls, so it’s nice to read about a time when our elected representatives paid more attention to the people’s business than their own self-interest.

 

The Coming of Cassidy: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel by Clarence E. Mulford

This is the first in a series of audiobooks based on Clarence Mulford’s western novels that introduced Hopalong Cassidy. While the character is best known from William Boyd’s portrayal of Cassidy on film and television, Mulford’s books are not always as family-friendly. Still, we’re not talking Deadwood here, so fans should still enjoy listening to these exciting early tales from the BAR-20 ranch, as narrated by actor R.C. Bray.

 

Firearms of the Wild West: In Association with the National Firearm Museum by Jim Supica, Doug Wicklund and Philip Schreier

What type of gun did Wyatt Earp use at the OK Corral? What rifle was Annie Oakley’s favorite for target shooting? What were the weapons of choice for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? From the Peacemakers and Navy Colts to the Buntline Special and Winchester Rifles, Firearms of the Wild West covers all of the most famous firearms of the Wild West era.

 

Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts by Stacy A. Cordery

The Girl Scouts are 100 years old, and Stacy Cordery’s biography of the organization’s founder is one of three books to celebrate the milestone (what, no new cookies?) Low was a Southern belle who married an English aristocrat, but never felt comfortable in a world of privilege. Her life changed when she met Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, and decided to establish a similar program for girls. Today, more than 59 million girls have ties to the Scouts, and have benefited from the skills and values they learned in their troops. You won’t get a merit badge for reading it, but it’s worth the effort anyway.

 

Diamondback McCall: The Sword of El Diablo by Robert Middleton

The third book in Robert Middleton’s “Diamondback McCall” series will certainly satisfy fans of the character. Once again, the pace is frenetic as McCall is dropped into one dangerous situation after another, outrunning bounty hunters, avoiding Apache arrows, and trying to stay out of a Mexican prison. In the midst of what seems a never-ending test for his gunslinging skills, he finds out about the Canyon of the Devil’s Gold, which sounds too interesting to pass up. As always, Diamondback is joined by sidekick Dakota Dan, and his lovely Indian gal Fawn, who gets taken hostage about as often as Lois Lane. If Hollywood still made westerns, Diamondback’s adventures would already be playing at a theater near you.


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