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Not Mickey Spillane, but yep, Louis L'Amour--who indeed wrote about the places he'd been so well because he'd been there himself (The Mora Land Grant War got me hooked!)
You are referring to his novel, Flint. Receives 4.5 stars at Amazon, so you are in good company.
 
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I honestly cannot remember reading any book, other than the Bible, a second time -- there is too much research to do and too many new books to read to go backwards.
 

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Actually, the Sackett books--before Flint--Northern NM and Colorado feature prominently. Tell, Orrin and what's his name...
While you are rereading in the bosom of Texas, where "the stars at night, are big and bright" and "the prairie sky is wide and high", I am reading deep in the heart of red and white men killing each other for two hundred years there.
 

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While you are rereading in the bosom of Texas, where "the stars at night, are big and bright" and "the prairie sky is wide and high", I am reading deep in the heart of red and white men killing each other for two hundred years there.
LOL...my Puritan Ancestors killed (and were killed) up in Massachusetts long before it got to be a habit here. :smile: So what are you reading? I highly recommend Indian Depredations in Texas, The Settlers' War, A Fate Worse Than Death, Captured and Nine Years Among the Comanches. Well, and the best novels--The Son, The Searchers, and The Unforgiven (the books are much better than the movies!).
 
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LOL...my Puritan Ancestors killed (and were killed) up in Massachusetts long before it got to be a habit here. :smile: So what are you reading? I highly recommend Indian Depredations in Texas, The Settlers' War, A Fate Worse Than Death, Captured and Nine Years Among the Comanches. Well, and the best novels--The Son, The Searchers, and The Unforgiven (the books are much better than the movies!).
I read much about your dastardly "Puritans" and how they set upon those innocent red men long ago, and will revisit them again later. James Fenimore Cooper is no doubt rolling in his grave because of it.

Having acquired some essentials about the ACW, I am now trying to reduce my ignorance about the moving American frontier, which includes usurping Indian lands with accompanying Indian-white man wars from Jamestown and Plymouth to 1907 when Indian Territory was taken from the red man as OK became a state. However, I'm working more or less from west to east because that correlates roughly with my ignorance quotient, being greatest in the West, having read about the New England frontiers and wars year ago.

I won't be reading much more about Indian depredations, having my fill of them from Lt. Col. Richard Irving Dodge's two books cited in other threads. An exception will be Herman Lehmann's Nine Years Among the Indians because it is frequently cited by other authors.

Presently I'm reading Billington's Westward Expansion, 6th ed. (more modern, but condensed from his 4th; see below) and Contrary Neighbors by David LaVere.

Already read on the subject are the following:

Scalp Dance by Thomas Goodrich
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
Atlas of the North American Indian by Carl Waldman
William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West by Robert Athearn
The Earth is Weeping by Peter Cozzens
Sheridan's Troopers on the Borders by B. Randolph Keim
Following the Indian Wars by Oliver Knight
My Life on the Plains by George Custer
Gave up as being too abstract, The Legacy of Conquest by Patricia Limerick

On hand to read are the following:

Westward Expansion, 4th ed. by Billington (most current expanded version; the 5th being the same but with an expanded bibliography)
The Oxford History of the American West by Clyde A. Milner, et. al.
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
History of the American Frontier 1763-1893 by Frederic Paxton

On my Wish List are 73 books on the removal of Indians from East to West, tribal histories, treaties histories, Indian wars during the Revolution and 1812 and Midwest Wars, expanding frontiers and wars in the original 13 colonies, experiences of famous trappers and traders, Indian Removal and other Acts to get rid of the red man. Included in the above are several volumes on the Texas Rangers.

FYI, I avoid reading more fiction except when a topical title piques my interest.
 
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Re-reading books is my idea of relaxing. Some I've read to shreds, like Louise Dickinson Rich's books about life on a Maine lake, Jerome K. Jerome's books on anything he chose to tell us about, Delderfield's various sagas, Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea ( my ex father in law was torpedoed twice as an RN officer on those awful convoys, got me interested ) and more ACW books than I can name.

Audio books sure make it easier- wish they weren't so expensive.
 

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I read much about your dastardly "Puritans" and how they set upon those innocent red men long ago, and will revisit them again later. James Fenimore Cooper is no doubt rolling in his grave because of it.

Having acquired some essentials about the ACW, I am now trying to reduce my ignorance about the moving American frontier, which includes usurping Indian lands with accompanying Indian-white man wars from Jamestown and Plymouth to 1907 when Indian Territory was taken from the red man as OK became a state. However, I'm working more or less from west to east because that correlates roughly with my ignorance quotient, being greatest in the West, having read about the New England frontiers and wars year ago.

I won't be reading much more about Indian depredations, having my fill of them from Lt. Col. Richard Irving Dodge's two books cited in other threads. An exception will be Herman Lehmann's Nine Years Among the Indians because it is frequently cited by other authors.

Presently I'm reading Billington's Westward Expansion, 6th ed. (more modern, but condensed from his 4th; see below) and Contrary Neighbors by David LaVere.

Already read on the subject are the following:

Scalp Dance by Thomas Goodrich
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
Atlas of the North American Indian by Carl Waldman
William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West by Robert Athearn
The Earth is Weeping by Peter Cozzens
Sheridan's Troopers on the Borders by B. Randolph Keim
Following the Indian Wars by Oliver Knight
My Life on the Plains by George Custer
Gave up as being too abstract, The Legacy of Conquest by Patricia Limerick

On hand to read are the following:

Westward Expansion, 4th ed. by Billington (most current expanded version; the 5th being the same but with an expanded bibliography)
The Oxford History of the American West by Clyde A. Milner, et. al.
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
History of the American Frontier 1763-1893 by Frederic Paxton

On my Wish List are 73 books on the removal of Indians from East to West, tribal histories, treaties histories, Indian wars during the Revolution and 1812 and Midwest Wars, expanding frontiers and wars in the original 13 colonies, experiences of famous trappers and traders, Indian Removal and other Acts to get rid of the red man. Included in the above are several volumes on the Texas Rangers.

FYI, I avoid reading more fiction except when a topical title piques my interest.
Actually--The Settlers' War is an excellent, well-documented book. Texas is a topic in itself, since the very conquest of Texas by the Spanish was dictated by the frontier. Gwynne is outstanding, thumbs up for Brown, Billington I loved in my grad class; LOL--I had to read Limerick in that grad class on The West. OMG. Yeah, I feel your pain. I have some excellent books on King Phillip's War, so let me know when you get there and I can make some good recommendations (I did some research after figuring out there was something lacking in my education)...If you want other recommendations on scholarly works, @diane is the person to go to.

I've always been partial to Lakota Noon, also by Gregory Michno (author of The Settlers' War), if you haven't read it. It's the Indian narrative of Custer's big day. Also...The Contested Plains by Elliott West (1998) is a bit newer than Billington and very good. I went to peruse my collection I acquired during grad school...I don't know why I have two copies of that, unless I got one at a conference. Maybe. Or not.
 
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Actually--The Settlers' War is an excellent, well-documented book. Texas is a topic in itself, since the very conquest of Texas by the Spanish was dictated by the frontier. Gwynne is outstanding, thumbs up for Brown, Billington I loved in my grad class; LOL--I had to read Limerick in that grad class on The West. OMG. Yeah, I feel your pain. I have some excellent books on King Phillip's War, so let me know when you get there and I can make some good recommendations (I did some research after figuring out there was something lacking in my education)...If you want other recommendations on scholarly works, @diane is the person to go to.
Could be frustrating reading these books with no maps, but thanks to the Internet, I was able to download all the maps I need.

Added Settlers' War to my Wish List.

Lots of King Philip War books at Amazon. Which ones are best in your estimation? Come to think of it, there were lots of wars in Puritan country. Have you read about other wars there too?
 

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Could be frustrating reading these books with no maps, but thanks to the Internet, I was able to download all the maps I need.

Added Settlers' War to my Wish List.

Lots of King Philip War books at Amazon. Which ones are best in your estimation? Come to think of it, there were lots of wars in Puritan country. Have you read about other wars there too?
Let me look at my Kindle. I have mostly stuck to those just because those Native Americans were very successful at killing my ancestors. LOL--and carrying one off to slavery in Canada.
 
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