What are the best books about the Old West?

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    #1Story of the Great American West

    Story of the Great American West

    Story of the Great American West is a nonfiction history book about early pioneers of the American Old West. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1981 by Reader's Digest Association, Readers.

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    Eugene Woods
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Wink, who is also a fly-fishing guide in Montana, picks his 10 favorite books set in the American West. When I think of the literature of ... Here are 10 good ones. 1. ... Welch's Western landscape is gritty, at times bleak, far removed from the postcard world of Old Faithful and drive-by tourism. 3. The Collected ."
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    #2Lasso the Wind

    Lasso the Wind
    Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West is a is a nonfiction history book about the Old West written by Timothy Egan. This book is New York Time's Notable Book of the Year. Published in 1999 by Vintage.
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    Chirag Mehra
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you enjoy reading about the old west and are looking for a book that delivers that real feeling, i recommend picking it up. It is very detailed and captures your imagination. "
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    #3The Time It Never Rained

    The Time It Never Rained
    The Time It Never Rained is a novel written by Elmer Kelton set at Texas in 195os. It is about Charlie Flagg who is a rancher that refuse the help from the government to save his land from drought. 
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    Peter Perez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Time It Never Rained is a novel written by Elmer Kelton set at Texas in 195os. It is about Charlie Flagg who is a rancher that refuse the help from the government to save his land from drought. this book from the Old West collection is very good."
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    #4The Longhorns

    The Longhorns

    The Longhorns is a nonfiction book written by J.Frank Dobie about the Texas Longhorn which relates these animals to the early settlers of the Old West. First published in 1941, this book is published in 1999 by Booksales.

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    Kevin Barnett
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love ready westerns, so this was a easy purchase for me. It follows all the usual subjects, gun fights, cattle drives, things you are use to in a classic western novel. The writing is so elegant and deep that it makes you almost believe you are right there on your horse driving the cows with them. This is a really great book that anyone can enjoy."
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    #5The Mustangs

    The Mustangs
    The Mustangs is a nonfiction book written by J.Frank Dobie about the mustangs which relate these animals to the early settlers of the Old West. First published in 1953, this book is published in 2005 by Bison Books.
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    Kathryn Foster
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My family and I have all read this book. I look forward to helping the grandkids read it."
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    #6The Gentle Tamers

    The Gentle Tamers
    The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West is a nonfiction history book about the Old West written by Hampton Sides. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Doubleday.
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    Navya Mukopadhyay
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I've never watched any movies about the old west, but this seems like a very good book. I hope to see more books like this in the future, kept me interested the whole way through!"
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    #7Empire of the Summer Moon

    Empire of the Summer Moon

    Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne was originally published in 2010. It highlights the story of the Indian tribe in America.

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    Eric Johnson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "You don't get to see a lot of honest to goodness historical approaches to understand American Indian tribes these days, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this one. It deals with he subject with candid interest and enthusiasm, and is chocked full of information any history buff will appreciate."
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    #8Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

    Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

    Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West is a nonfiction history book about the Old West written by Hampton Sides. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Doubleday.

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    Aaron Fernandez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is actually quite pricey at 30 bucks for a hardcover and 14 for a kindle. The reviews are pretty good though, and the topic covers the solution quite nicely"
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    #9Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.
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    Liliana Valadez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A well researched and enjoyable read. Truly heart wrenching, but important and worth the time from both an educational and recreation context."
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    #10Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.
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    Ethan Bennett
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I often fantasize about living in the old west and reading books about it helps me live out that fantasy. I recently read "Lonesome Drive" and it's one of the best written old west books that I've come across. It really mad me feel like I was there and made me want to stay in my fantasy world!"
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    #11The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show is a novel written by Pulitzer-prize winning author Larry McMurtry. Set in Texas, this coming of age book follows the story of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny. It is also adapted to film with the same title. 

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    Ronald Cruz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Small, dying towns have a way of scraping along far past what it seems like their expiration dates should be, a stubborn romanticism cementing their residents in place. Like Thalia, the fictional Texas town where Larry McMurtry sets The Last Picture Show. Oil keeps Thalia together, provides roughnecking jobs for the local working class boys, and keeps the town's wealthiest family, the Farrows, in their relatively cushioned niche. Gene and Lois Farrow's spoiled, beautiful teenage daughter Jacy is the apple of every boy's eye and when the story starts, she's chosen her blue-collar classmate Duane as her boyfriend. She doesn't really have especially strong feelings for Duane, but she likes that he's in the backfield on the football team and that he adores her and buys her things. That he's poor enough to piss off her parents is icing on the cake."
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    #12Dance of the Tiger

    Dance of the Tiger
    Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age by Björn Kurtén is a speculative fiction on a Western life years ago. This book was published in 1978. This book shows the magnificent caves in France and Spain.
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    Raymond Sullivan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Although this book is about Ancient Europe, it is not about what we think of as the "Old West." The Old West is a geographical region in the United States that spans the 1800s. This book is best suited to people interested in ancient European art, first spotted in caves."

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Best What are the best books about the Old West
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Story of the Great American WestBooks 45 Paid
2Lasso the WindBooks 40 Paid
3The Time It Never RainedBooks 31 Paid
4The LonghornsBooks 29 Paid
5The MustangsBooks 21 Paid
6The Gentle TamersBooks 12 Paid
7Empire of the Summer MoonBooks 9 Paid
8Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American WestBooks 6 Paid
9Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBooks 5 Paid
10Lonesome DoveBooks 4 Paid
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