The Calamity Papers

The Calamity Papers : Western Myths and Cold Cases

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Award-winning historian Dale L. Walker uncovers the truth about some of the American West's most famous and infamous figures. He delves deep into some of the most enduring myths and legends of the Old West to unveil the real stories beneath them, including:

*Who was the first American to make a transcontinental journey across the Western United States to the Pacific Ocean? Lewis and Clark or a Yazoo Indian who preceded them by more than sixty years
*What was the true relationship between Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane? And who was the woman who claimed to have proof she was their daughter?

Asking these and many more questions, The Calamity Papers sheds some necessary light on our nation's history by taking a closer look at some of its heroes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 20mm | 263g
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765308320
  • 9780765308320
  • 2,350,319

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"An intriguing read." --Rocky Mountain News on The Calamity Papers

"Fascinating . . . Walker continues to hold his readers spellbound . . . exceptionally readable for people who simply enjoy a good tale." --El Paso Times on The Calamity Papers

"We're living in the golden age of historians, and Dale L. Walker is the brightest nugget in the field. Brilliantly entertaining and rock-solid informative, The Calamity Papers demonstrates that history is always in flux, with surprises around every corner." --Loren D. Estleman, author of Port Hazard and Retro

"When it comes to history and intrigue, Dale Walker does not leave stones unturned. The Calamity Papers is packed with surprises that make for a great read and lively conversation. Treat yourself to a copy and amaze your friends. Better yet, buy copies for your friends, too." --Lucia St. Claire Robson, author of Ghost Warrior and Mary's Lands

"If there is a lesson in Dale L. Walker's Eldorado, it is that greed undercuts greed until nothing is left . . . Walker's collage style provides a thorough . . .. view into a brutal, colorful era of arduous sea and land journeys . . . (and) he never ignores the toll on humans and nature that exceed any benefit." --The New York Times
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About Dale L Walker

DALE L. WALKER is the author of many books on Western history, including Legends and Lies, The Boys of '98, Bear Flag Rising, Pacific Destiny, and Eldorado. He is a four-time Spur Award winner from the Western Writers of America, and in 2000 was selected for the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievements in Western history and literature.
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22 ratings
3.13 out of 5 stars
5 14% (3)
4 18% (4)
3 45% (10)
2 14% (3)
1 9% (2)
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