arry-mcmurtry_western-author-lonesome-doveTrue West is setting out on a mission to help you find the best books, on a multitude of subjects, that depict this great frontier era in American history.

Our attempt is not to do it alone, but to ask knowledgeable authors and historians to share the books they just can’t put down. We seek out those books that cover topics they’re passionate about, such as the truths and myths of a particular Old West icon or a legendary event that defines the culture of the American West.

In the following pages, 15 authors and one bookseller recommend five books (with two exceptions) that they believe are “must haves” for the library of anyone seeking to better understand the inexorable history of the West that contributed so much to forging our nation’s identity.

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