Book Reviews

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Judy Buffington Sammons

Western Reflections Publishing Company has become the Western Slope’s Homer in preserving and recounting the region’s local history. The press found a dedicated sloper in Judy Sammons, a Gunnison resident, author, and retired teacher.

Sammons presents her readers with one fast-paced short...

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Kathy T. Hettinga

Sitting down for a quick review of Grave Images: San Luis Valley, I found I had opened the cover of a book that proved to be incredibly more intriguing than I had anticipated. I thought I was delving into a coffee table book containing rich and interesting photographs of cemeteries in...

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Amy Zimmer

Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is a familiar presence in bookstores and libraries, with its attractive presentation of local and regional history through photographs and other images. The range of places and themes Arcadia publications explore is remarkable, and currently some 6,...

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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...