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BOB ALEXANDER. Bad Company and Burnt Powder: Justice and Injustice in the Old Southwest

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BOB ALEXANDER. Bad Company and Burnt Powder: Justice and Injustice in the Old Southwest. University of North Texas Press. Hardcover, 439 pages, $32.95, UNTPress.unt.edu.

Bob Alexander’s easy-going approach and anecdotal asides make this a must read for anyone intending to write about Texas Rangers and

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BOB ALEXANDER. Riding Lucifer’s Line: Ranger Deaths along the Texas-Mexico Border

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BOB ALEXANDER. Riding Lucifer’s Line: Ranger Deaths along the Texas-Mexico Border. University of North Texas Press. Hardcover, 464 pages, $29.95, www.untpress.unt.edu.

Borders have always been dangerous, but maybe never one so much as the Texas-Mexico border. This fluctuating border has been the scene of many

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JOYCE AROS. Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone

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JOYCE AROS. Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone. Goose Flats. Trade paperback, 340 pages, $25.99, Gooseflats.com.

Author casts a whole new light on just who the Clantons and McLaurys were and refutes the picture so often painted of them as a gang of rustlers and

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WILL BAGLEY. South Pass: Gateway to a Continent

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WILL BAGLEY. South Pass: Gateway to a Continent. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, 328 pages, $29.95, oupress.com.

Will Bagley has earned his spurs as a scholar who knows the Western terrain. The time and attention given to South Pass reaffirms his worth

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WILL BAGLEY. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West 1849-1852

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WILL BAGLEY. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West 1849-1852. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, $45, www.oupress.com.

Will Bagley draws from hundreds of journals, diaries, letters, reminiscences and other records of those who made the trip to California gold

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LARRY D. BALL. Tom Horn in Life and Legend

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LARRY D. BALL. Tom Horn in Life and Legend. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, 554 pages, $29.95, oupress.com.

The most in-depth account of Tom Horn, government scout/interpreter, cowboy, lawman, Pinkerton operative and deadly stock detective.

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STAN “TEX” BANASH. Roadside History of Illinois

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STAN “TEX” BANASH. Roadside History of Illinois. Mountain Press. Trade paperback, 416 pages, $22, mountain-press.com.

Bo may know baseball, but Tex Banash knows Illinois. From Cairo in the south to Springfield in the center, to Galena in the northwest and to

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Francie Brink Berg, with co-authors Anne Brink Krickel and Jeanie Brink Thiessen. Montana Stirrups, Sage and Shenanigans: Western Ranch Life in a Forgotten Era

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FRANCIE BRINK BERG, with co-authors Anne Brink Krickel and Jeanie Brink Thiessen. Montana Stirrups, Sage and Shenanigans: Western Ranch Life in a Forgotten Era. Flying Diamond Books. 408 pages, hardcover, $39.95; paperback $29.95. www.MontanaStirrupsandSage.com

An Old West epic with a modern

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WIN BLEVINS. Dictionary of the American West

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WIN BLEVINS. Dictionary of the American West. Trade Paperback and Kindle, 336 pages, $9.99, tor.com

This book reaches beyond cowboy talk to language previously ignored—of fur trappers, miners, Mormons, gamblers, rivermen, loggers, prostitutes, and many more. Plus words imported from the languages of Indians, Mexicans,

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JOHN BOESSENECKER. When Law Was in the Holster – The Frontier Life of Bob Paul

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JOHN BOESSENECKER. When Law Was in the Holster – The Frontier Life of Bob Paul. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, $34.95, www.oupress.com.

Biography reads more like a classic novel with Bob Paul whaling on the high seas, mining in the California gold fields and serving as

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