True Tales of the Wild West

True Tales of the Wild West


By (author) Paul Robert Walker

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 218mm x 18mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 0792282183
  • ISBN 13: 9780792282181
  • Sales rank: 964,332

Product description

Noted storyteller and student of the Wild West, Paul Robert Walker presents ten legends about both famous and little known characters and events and arranges them in chronological order to create a delightfully readable and highly entertaining history of the West from the early 1800s to the turn of the century. You'll join Lewis and Clark as they search for a route to the Pacific Ocean; Jedediah Smith as he leads the first overland expedition to California; Narcissa Whitman and Jane Spalding as they become the first women to cross the Oregon Trail; and James Marshall as he discovers gold in California. You'll learn how a dead cow started 25 years of warfare between Indians and white settlers; ride with the Pony Express; have a ringside seat when the golden spike completing the first Transcontinental Railroad is driven into the ground; fight with General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn; shoot it out with the Earps, Doc Holliday, the McLaurys, and the Clantons in Tombstone; and go north to the Klondike to make your fortune in gold. Lively quotes and historical images bring each colorful story to life. Visiting the sites, consulting with experts, and meticulously studying letters, journals, newspaper articles, and legal testimonies Walker peels away the myths from the legends to present True Tales of the Wild West.

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Author information

Paul Robert Walker is the author of more than 20 books on subjects ranging from the American West and the Italian Renaissance to folklore, baseball, and miracles. A former teacher, journalist, and rock musician, Walker has been honored as an author by the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children's Book Council, and Storytelling World. His books Giants! and Big Men, Big Country were named to the Aesop Accolade List of the American Folklore Society and the American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. His book for National Geographic Remember Little Bighorn was a SLJ Best Book of the Year, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and an ALA Notable Book for Older Readers.