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DAVID BEYREIS. Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920

DAVID BEYREIS. Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920. University of Nebraska Press. Hardcover, 249 pages. $50, nebraskapress.unl.edu

Blood in the Borderlands is the first comprehensive history of the Bent family to appear in print.  Covering nearly a century of Western history, it tracks the family story from the opening of the Santa Fe Trail through the early days of the reservation system. The book focuses on the family’s adaptability and pragmatism in the face of trying circumstances.