Heritage, Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 1988 Page: 24
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Maverick Town: The Story of
Maverick Town: The Story of Old Tascosa.
By John L. McCarty, University of Oklahoma
Press, $10.95, paperback.
Move over, Hollywood, this is the real
stuff. McCarty's book about a tough town
in the old west is being reissued, and it
ought to please a new generation of readers
just as much as it did when first printed a
generation ago. The Texas Panhandle was
one of the two last wild west areas to be
brought into the fold. Along with Chiricahua
county in southeastern Arizona, it
was the last impenetrable refuge of native
Americans. But when it did open up in the
late 1870s, it was a frontier reminiscent of
what this generation saw in the Star Wars
bar scene. The terms "outlaw" and "lawman"
fit loosely, like the big white range
coats everyone hid behind. Tascosa was at
the end of the trail from Dodge City, and its
cattle pens funnelled stock from Colorado
and West Texas to the railhead at Dodge.
Since all the rustlers usually worked the
other side of the fence as Pinkerton agents
and marshalls from time to time, everybody
rubbed elbows at the bars in Tascosa. Billy
the Kid and Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickock
and Bat Masterson, all the comic book
names from True West passed through (or
out) in Tascosa every so often. If you
haven't read this book before in its earlier
incarnation, go for it now.
John Peterson is Book Review Editor of Heritage.
In the New World
In the New World, by Lawrence Wright.
1987, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York;
322 pages; $18.95.
Subtitled Growing Up With America,
1960-1984, this is the personal chronicle
of Lawrence Wright's passage through the
traumatic period that began in the 1960s,
and hasn't ended yet.
It could have been a dreary, rehashed
journey: the introspection, the "what's the
meaning of it all," and the endless rechewing
of things like Who Killed JFK and Why
Were We In Vietnam. But Wright avoids
dreariness; he is a fine writer, and swings
through the 24-odd years of 'growing up'
with a flair.
I think he's a little hard on Dallas. John
F. Kennedy could have been killed anytime,
anywhere. Dallas just happened to be
the place where the event occurred. I think
Wright misses the point that the 60s was a
time when political assassination was seen
as an easy solution, and we were closer to a
police state than we've ever been. Call the
roll: Walter Reuther, Jimmy Hoffa, Martin
Luther King, JFK and brother Bobby. They
had in common a potential for bringing
about change, something The Establishment
just did not want to see happen.
Wright goes into great length about the
brouhaha surrounding the killing of JFK,
the mysteries compounded into more mysteries,
the blatant farce of the Warren
Commission hearings, and the against-allstatistical-probability
of the deaths of wit
BOOKS ON TEXAS
The Story of Old Tascosa
By John L. McCarty
Foreword by C. L. Sonnichsen, Drawings by Harold D. Bugbee
One time cow town capital of the Texas Panhandle, "Tascosa may not have
been the toughest of the old-time cow towns, but it was tough enough."-New
York Herald Tribune. "A lively book, which gives you what seems an authentic
picture . . ."-The New Yorker. Paperback, $10.95
GHOST TOWNS OF TEXAS
By T. Lindsay Baker
As he brought back to life 88 of the "best" ghost towns, "Baker's purpose was
to get people out of their easy chairs and into the field to taste and smell Texas
history."-Journal of the West. 192 illus., 89 maps. 8/2 x 11. $22.95
ALSO BY T. LINDSAY BAKER: A FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN WINDMILLS, with
376 illus. 11 x 81/2. The definitive book on windmills. $65.00
VICTORIAN LADY ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER:
The Journal of Ann Raney Coleman
Edited and with an Introduction by C. Richard King
"Captures the tragedy and the indomitable spirit of 19th century Texas."-East
Texas Historical Association. Paperback, $6.95
FORT GRIFFIN ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER
By Carl Coke Rister, With a New Foreword by William H. Leckie
"A good story of a famous frontier post."-Southwest Review.
"... A priceless storehouse of information .. ."-Western Folklore.
COMING THIS FALL
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF TEXAS
By A. Ray Stephens and William M. Holmes
64 maps, 9 x 12, December. $24.95
JEFFERSON & SOUTHWESTERN EXPLORATION:
The Freeman & Custis Accounts of the Red River Expedition of 1806
Edited, with an Introduction and Epilogue by Dan L. Flores
This 1984 winner of the Westerners Award for Best Book and Coral Horton
Tullis Award for the most important book on Texas is "One of the most
valuable edited works on North American exploration published in recent
years.... An editorial tour de force."-John E. Sunder, Montana. Paperback,
VOYAGES OF THE STEAMBOAT YELLOW STONE
By Donald Jackson
This is "The Life and Times of an Early-American Steamboat as It Pioneered
on the Upper Missouri River and Played a Major Role in the War for Texas
Independence." Paperback, $7.95
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