Book Reviews

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Inez Hunt and Wanetta W. Draper

This biography of Nikola Tesla is a reprint of the Inez Hunt and Wanetta W. Draper original, first published in 1964 by Denver’s Sage Books. It has been re-typeset, re-indexed, contains a new foreword, and, perhaps most significantly, is supplemented with new photographs courtesy of the Library...

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Robert A. LeMassena and Harold Vollrath

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the final use of mainline steam locomotives in the United States. While a handful of old iron horses served obscure branch lines for a few more years, and steam-powered tourist railroads continue to be popular into the second decade of the twenty-first...

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LaVonne J. Perkins

Daniel Chessman Oakes was among Colorado’s foremost pioneers:explorer, prospector, vigilante, lumberman, Indian agent, land surveyor, postmaster, legislator, and indefatigable booster. Oddly, until now, nobody has attempted his full biography.

“D.C” Oakes, as he came to be known, was born...

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F. Darrell Munsell

Darrell Munsell’s From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America recalls the life of John Osgood from his roots in coal mining in 1883 when he and three others formed the Colorado Fuel Company (CFC). Munsell traces the growth and...

Exploring Desert Stone by Steven K. Madsen
Steven K. Madsen

Steven Madsen, author of many books about Utah history, has written a definitive and exhaustively researched account of Captain John Macomb’s 1859 expedition into the Four Corners area of the United States. The U.S. Army charged Macomb with finding a route through the area that could be used by...

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Flint Whitlock

Let’s do a little role playing.

You are an Air Force pilot—an excellent one—and flying is immensely satisfying. You have a family and it is growing. Many of your comrades are leaving the Air Force for lucrative jobs as commercial pilots. So, you quit the Air Force and apply to every U.S....

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Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer

The history of Colorado politics has largely stayed within our borders. Colorado has produced many fascinating, even dynamic political actors, but it has produced few ripples beyond the state. No William Jennings Bryan (Nebraska), no Grange (Kansas), no Progressive movement (California) has had...

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Phil Goodstein

As university archivist at the University of Denver, I am often asked questions such as “Is the Mary Reed Building haunted?” People ask me this with a straight face as if I can possibly prove it one way or the other, like giving them the date of a building’s cornerstone. Phil Goodstein, that...

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Lisa Strong

Lisa Strong is an independent art scholar; she received her PhD in art history from Columbia University and has worked as a research fellow at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Historical Society, the Winterthur Library, and the Amon Carter Museum. Strong served as...

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Beth Sagstetter and Bill Sagstetter

I didn’t want to like this book. I was dreading the task of plodding through another “I’m-so-one-with-the-past” tome about ancient puebloan life, cliff dwellings, and the deep dark mysteries of the past. After all, I’m a Plains archaeologist who did a few years in the Southwest and quickly...