Greed and Avarice on the California Frontier (Texas Tech University Press, $34.95)

OCT14-quite-contrary-for-webAuthor David J. Langum Sr. focuses on the robust Western figure Mary Bennett Love in his book Quite Contrary: The Litigious Life of Mary Bennett Love. Mary, who was probably best known as the wife of law-enforcement agent Captain Harry Love, was an entrepreneur

who acquired a great deal of property in Northern California. She had a rudimentary knowledge of the laws of the day and took full advantage of the court system with numerous legal proceedings in the 1860s. Historians note that she was self-centered, greedy, avaricious and often estranged from her own children. The story of the woman many claimed “couldn’t get along with the devil himself” is thoroughly examined in this well-researched volume.

Chris Enss, author of Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous and Wayward Ladies of the Old West


Related Posts

  • californiabadmen

    All too often, writers dealing with the history of crime in the Old West neglect…

  • califdesperadoes

    Between WWI and II, writers such as Stuart Lake and Walter Noble Burns penned popular,…

  • frontier-calvary-trooper-douglas-mcchristian

    Frontier Cavalry Trooper: The Letters of Private Eddie Matthews, 1869-1874, edited by Douglas C. McChristian,…