Rough Drafts 4/15

Fans of Western publishing enjoyed a banner year in books in 2014. In 2015, I am convinced that fans of the Old West will find their bookshelves overflowing with great books.

Old West Mystery is a hot genre!

Three I recommend:

Ethan J. Wolfe’s The Regulator (Five Star, March 2015)

Clifford Jackman’s The Winter Family (Doubleday, April 2015)

Joe Lansdale’s Paradise Sky (Mulholland Books, June 2015)

Pre Civil War History: The 150th anniversary of the Civil War has passed and publishers are trending to the first decades of the 19th century:

Three I recommend:

Donald R. Hickey’s Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2015)

Nancy Plain’s This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon (University of Nebraska Press, March 2015)

William Heath’s William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest (University of Oklahoma Press, March 2015)

And while 2015 publishing is building up momentum, three more favorites from 2014 should not be overlooked:

Old West Mystery: Scott Phillips’ Hop Alley (Counterpoint)

Culture: Douglas Brode’s John Wayne’s Way: Life Lesson’s from the Duke (TwoDot)

Women: Carmen Goldthwaite’s Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie (The History Press)

—Stuart Rosebrook


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