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Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of the Wild Westby Matthew Mayo
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From slaughters, shootouts, and massacres to maulings, lynchings, and natural disasters, Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears cuts to the chase of what draws people to the history and literature of the Wild West. Matthew P. Mayo, noted author of Western novels, takes the fifty wildest episodes in the regions history and presents them in one action-packed volume. Set on the plains, mountains, and deserts of the West, and arranged chronologically, they capture all the mystique and allure of that special time and place in Americas history.
John Colters harrowing escape from the Blackfeet
Hugh Glasss six-week crawl to civilization after a grizzly attack
Janette Rikers brutal winter in the Rockies
John Wesley Powells treacherous run through the rapids of the Grand Canyon
The Earp Brothers hot-tempered gun battle at Tombstone
General Custers ill-advised final clash wth the Sioux
Book News Annotation:
Editor and author Mayo has assembled a collection of 50 of the wildest, strangest, and bloodiest tales the Wild West had to offer. Complete with shootings, bear maulings, hangings, disasters, and extraordinary toughness, the stories depict the good and very bad men and women of the Wild West. The stories are in three categories: mountain men and Indians, man versus nature, and cowboys and gunfighters. Also, they are arranged chronologically to give readers an appreciation for the changes that occurred as the 19th century unfolded. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The romance of the West is built on an endless armature of shootouts and train robberies, cowboys versus Indians, white hat versus black, and everybody versus the wilderness. From John Colters harrowing escape from the Blackfeet to Hugh Glasss six week crawl to civilization after a grizzly attack, from Custers final moments to John Wesley Powells treacherous run through the rapids of the Grand Canyon, Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears will take the top fifty wildest episodes in the regions history and present them to the reader in one convenient, narrative-driven package.
From the first bloody battles between mountain men and Indians to shootouts between famous gunslingers, Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears cuts to the chase of what draws people to the history and literature of the Wild West. Matthew Mayo, noted author of Western novels, takes the fifty wildest episodes in the regions history—including John Colters harrowing escape from the Blackfeet, Hugh Glasss six-week crawl to civilization after a grizzly attack, Custers final moments, and John Wesley Powells treacherous run through the rapids of the Grand Canyon—and presents them in one unputdownable, action-packed volume.
About the Author
Matthew P. Mayos previous books include the Western novels Winters War, Wrong Town, and Hot Lead, Cold Heart. In addition to writing novels and non-fiction, Mayo has had short stories and poetry published in a variety of anthologies, and he edited the anthology Where Legends Ride: New Tales of the Old West. He is also a magazine editor and a member of Western Writers of America and Western History Association.
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