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MICHAEL W. CHILDERS. Colorado Powder Keg

MICHAEL W. CHILDERS. Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement. University Press of Kansas. Hardcover, $34.95, www.kansaspress.ku.edu.

In Colorado Power Keg, skier and historian Michael W. Childers explores the longstanding tension between competing western priorities – environmental protection of public lands vs. private use

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JAN CLEERE. Levi’s & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History

JAN CLEERE. Levi’s & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History. Rio Nuevo Publishers. Paperback, 198 pages, $14.95, rionuevo.com.

From artists and healers, teachers and entrepreneurs, women who plowed the land and those who were instrumental in establishing laws for the new territory

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BRETT COGBURN. The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn, The Man who Inspired True Grit

BRETT COGBURN. The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn, The Man who Inspired True Grit. Kensington Books. Trade Paperback, $14, www.kensingtonbooks.com.

Well-researched look at the author’s great-grandfather, who was said to have been part of the inspiration behind the hard-drinking deputy marshal in Charles

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SUE COMISFORD. Ranger Creek Guest Ranch

SUE COMISFORD. Ranger Creek Guest Ranch. Trade paperback, 203 pages, $13.99, tatepublishing.com.

If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of owning a ranch, inviting strangers to pay hard cash to experience trail riding on a sometimes cantankerous horse, hunting, and in the

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JAMES CRUTCHFIELD, CANDY MOULTON, TERRY DEL BENE, editors. The Settlement of America: Encyclopedia of Westward Expansion from Jamestown to the Closing of the Frontier

JAMES CRUTCHFIELD, CANDY MOULTON, TERRY DEL BENE, editors. The Settlement of America: Encyclopedia of Westward Expansion from Jamestown to the Closing of the Frontier. Routledge. 800 pages; hardcover, ebook, $67.46, $56.57, amazon.com.

This authoritative illustrated encyclopedia presents a complete history of America’s

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JEFFREY DANE & ROD TIMANUS. Creating Texas: A Brief History of the Revolution

JEFFREY DANE & ROD TIMANUS. Creating Texas: A Brief History of the Revolution. Lauric Press. 304 pages; trade paperback, $17.95; www.lauricpress.com.

An almost day-by-day account of the revolution of 1835-36 that wrested the northern province of Mexico known as Tejas away from

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H. ALAN DAY. The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs

H. ALAN DAY. The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs. University of Nebraska Press. Hardcover, 264 pages, $24.95, www.nebraskapress.unl.edu.

Those who don’t know horses will find this book an engaging introduction. Readers who do will find themselves

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LOU DEAN. On My Ass: Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail

LOU DEAN. On My Ass: Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail. High Plains Press. 224 pages; trade paperback $17.95; highplainspress.com.

On a road trip like no other, Lou Dean saddles her donkey Jesse James, collects her riding buddy Jeanne, and rides off across northern Colorado to

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ANGELA DAY. Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster

ANGELA DAY. Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster. Washington State University Press. Paperback, 266 pages, $19.95. wsupress.wsu.edu.

Drawing upon family, local and national interviews and records, Angela Day paints a stark, sobering portrait of one of America’s greatest ecological disasters, the Exxon

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ROBERT K. DeARMENT. Gunfighter in Gotham: Bat Masterson’s New York City Years

ROBERT K. DeARMENT. Gunfighter in Gotham: Bat Masterson’s New York City Years. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, 293 pages, $29.95, oupress.com.

This is a reprint of Robert DeArment’s 2005 limited edition Broadway Bat with additional information, and a follow-up to his well-known biography on Bat Masterson.

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