True tales of the Prairies & Plains David Dary, UNIVERSITY press of Kansas, $24.95, HARDCOVER; 785-864-4154.

true_talesDavid Dary has gathered an entertaining and disparate collection of stories under the geographical theme of the Plains. Divided into five thematic sections, True Tales of the Prairies & Plains presents little-known characters alongside Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Readers will enjoy the brief lessons about the region, such as “How the Staked Plains Got Their Name” and the colorful adventures of plainsman and scout “California Joe.” Part Four, “Buffalo, Horses, and Other Creatures,” adds a welcome dimension to this collection and reminds us that all manner of living things have had unique experiences on the Plains. Drawn from contemporary sources and recent scholarship, this volume will please anyone who likes a good story.

Meg Frisbee

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