History - United States - State & Local - West (ak, Ca, Co, Hi, Id, Mt, Nv, Ut, Wy)

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Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Ter...

David Talbot

In a kaleidoscopic narrative, New York Times bestselling author David Talbot tells the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982—and of the extraordinary men and women who led to the city's ultimat...

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Published: Mar 2013

Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, ...

Julia Flynn Siler

"Only one American state was formally a sovereign monarchy. In this compelling narrative, the award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler chronicles how this Pacific kingdom, creation of a proud Polynesian people, was encountered,...

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Published: Jan 2013

The American West: A Very Short Intro...

Stephen Aron

Part geographical location, part time period, and part state of mind, the American West is a concept often invoked but rarely defined. Though popular culture has carved out a short and specific time and place for the region, author an...

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Published: Jan 2015

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul ...

John Buntin

Now the TNT Original Series MOB CITYMidcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America," a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the wor...

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Published: Apr 2010

A Short History of San Francisco

Tom Cole

This is the story of San Francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. It tells of the Indians and the Spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the bu...

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Published: Jul 2014

Columbine

Dave Cullen

On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs failed, but the e...

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Published: Mar 2010

The Kemptons

Trudy Dana

Welcome to the wild and heartwarming world of the Kempton RanchIn its day, the famed Kempton Ranch of eastern Montana was one of the largest horse and cattle operations in Montana, selling mounts to armies and polo-playing royalty ali...

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Published: Jan 2019

Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsessi...

Frances Dinkelspiel

On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it t...

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Published: Oct 2016

Slaughter on the Otter: The Kendrick ...

Forest B. Dunning

In mid-November 1900, a herd of sheep crossed a plowed furrow "deadline" which had separated the public ranges for cattle and sheep herds for many years. On the early morning of December 28, 1900, a determined group of cattlemen, led ...

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Published: Feb 2019

The Delegates of 1849: Life Stories o...

Laura Emerson

1849--Gold Rush madness threatened to destroy California. Congress could not decide if the western territory should be admitted as a slave state or a free state. Something had to be done, and newly-appointed Military Governor Bennet C...

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Published: Aug 2019

Mochi's War: The Tragedy of Sand Cree...

Chris Enss

Colorado Territory in 1864 wasn't merely the wild west, it was a land in limbo while the Civil War raged in the east and politics swirled around its potential admission to the union. The territorial governor, John Evans, had ambitions...

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Published: Jun 2015

Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West...

Stephen Grace

In the scramble to claim water rights in the West during the fevered days of early emigration and expansion, running out of water was rarely a concern, and the dam building fever that transformed the West in the 19th and 20th centurie...

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Published: May 2013

This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, a...

Christopher Ketcham

“A big, bold book about public lands . . . The Desert Solitaire of our time.” —Outside  A hard-hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West—and a...

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Published: Jul 2020

Rich People Behaving Badly

Dick Kreck

Take a trip back in time to revel in the scandal, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain bad behavior from Colorado's past. Public respectability does not always translate into tidy private lives, and our interest ...

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Published: Aug 2016

The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagina...

Gary Krist

From bestselling author Gary Krist, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California—bone-dry, harbor-less, iso...

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Published: May 2019

Billy the Kid vs. Jesse James

Bill Markley

Who was the biggest, baddest outlaw in the Old West? Billy the Kid or Jesse James? Which outlaw did the most to wreak havoc across the frontier? And which outlaw left behind the biggest legacy? Author Bill Markley takes on those quest...

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Published: Oct 2019

Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, ...

Tricia Martineau Wagner

The word cowboy conjures up vivid images of rugged men on saddled horses-men lassoing cattle, riding bulls, or brandishing guns in a shoot-out. White men, as Hollywood remembers them. What is woefully missing from these scenes is thei...

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Published: Dec 2010

Catalina A to Z: A Glossary Guide to ...

Pat Maxwell

Santa Catalina Island is one of the West Coast's great nearby escapes, an hour's boat ride from Los Angeles and Long Beach for one million annual tourists. The island's seventy-six square miles contain two communities--Avalon and Two ...

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Published: Jun 2014

Weird Wild West: True Tales of the St...

Keven McQueen

The Wild West is infamous for its outrageous stories, cowboys, and gun battles. But the region is also known for its ghost stories, unexplained deaths, bizarre murders, and peculiar burials.In Weird Wild West, author Keven McQueen bri...

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Published: Sep 2019

The Stories of Yellowstone: Adventure...

M. Mark Miller

 Covering the time period from 1807, when John Colter first discovered the wonders of the Yellowstone Plateau to the 1920s when tourists sped between luxury hotels in their automobiles, these tales of Wonderland come from the letters...

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Published: Dec 2014

This Is Chance!: The Great Alaska Ear...

Jon Mooallem

The thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster—and the extraordinary woman who helped pull it back together “A powerful, heart-wrenching book, as much art as it is journalism.”—The Wall ...

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Published: Mar 2021

Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching ...

Susanna Moore

The dramatic history of America's tropical paradiseThe history of Hawaii may be said to be the story of arrivals―from the eruption of volcanoes on the ocean floor 18,000 feet below, the first hardy seeds that over millennia found th...

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Published: Aug 2016

Gold!: Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in...

Ian Neligh

Gold! brings together the story of this metal's glittering legacy in the Centennial State and the madness, murder, and mayhem that came along with it. The book examines the rich history of the miners and treasure hunters who came to f...

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Published: Oct 2017

Finding Carla: The story that forever...

Ross Nixon

In March 1967, a Cessna 195 flew from Oregon towards San Francisco carrying a family of three: Alvin Oien, Sr. (the pilot), his wife Phyllis and step-daughter Carla Corbus. Due to worse-than-predicted weather, it went down in the Trin...

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Published: Sep 2016

Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Sc...

Gary Noy

The Hidden History of High Country The Sierra Nevada has long been the domain of dreams, attracting the heroic and delusional, the best of humanity and the worst. Along with towering granite mountains, crystalline lakes, and spiky con...

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Published: Apr 2014

Montana: Then and Now

Aaron Parrett

When Montana Territory was established in 1864, it was a land of tepees and ramshackle cabins, of lawless vigilantes and miners scraping out meager livings. One hundred and fifty years later, the dramatic changes to the Treasure State...

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Published: Apr 2014

Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege:...

Liz Prato

In Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai'i Liz Prato combines lyricism, research and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white o...

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Published: Apr 2019

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The R...

David K. Randall

On March 6, 1900, the bubonic plague took its first victim on American soil: Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown--but when corrupt politicians mounted a cover-u...

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Published: Jul 2020

The King and Queen of Malibu: The Tru...

David K. Randall

"A true story of the battle for paradise . . . men and women fighting for a slice of earth like no other."―New York TimesFrederick and May Rindge, the unlikely couple whose love story propelled Malibu's transformation from...

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Published: Mar 2017

Where Spirits Linger: Huntsville's Ha...

Jacquelyn Procter Reeves

Where Spirits Linger by Jacquelyn Procter Reeves digs deep into the historic past of the locations of these stories to discover the mysteries of who haunts the location and why. By researching historical documents and local lore and w...

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Published: May 2019
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