Well … wow. Having read deeply about the American West for two decades, I had thought that there would be few surprises left in store for me. And then, happily, I came across S. C. Gwynne’s masterful, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. If you read only one book about the so-called Indian Wars, let it be this one.
No figure – including that glorious tall-tale-spinner Buffalo Bill Cody – is more riddled with confusion, controversy and misinformation than that hero of the Alamo, David (Davy) Crockett (1876-1836).
It’s always a pleasure to learn one is wrong for the right reasons. Until writing this column, I had been under the impression that Hearts of the West, a truly wonderful western comedy from 1975, was unavailable on DVD.