What was it really like to win the West? How have those days been shaping our current civilization? You might be quite surprised how even though things have changed like cars, trucks and planes, the Wild West is still in all of us and this is one of those books that takes you back and forth full circle until realizes this fact. What book am I talking about, you ask? Well, the title of the book is appropriate to its message, memory, and insanity:
“Western madness” by Harvey T. Boyd – 1994.
The reader will get a lesson in the history of the old west and the history of Arizona from the ancient Indians to the first newspapers that brought information to the settlers. Learn about Bisbee Arizona, on its hay day, learn about outlaws, mining and the reality of “good coral” and what really happened on Tombstone day. Historical fiction at its finest, that’s the best of the old west; from the beginning of those areas until the 1940s.
The book takes us through Show Low, Holbrook, Winslow, the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Indian Territory, in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and beyond and how that affects current events in the current period. This book was well researched and quite intriguing. The history is great, but best of all is the entire history of Arizona that you will learn along the way and eventually discover that the Wild West is still alive and well today.
Few authors are capable of telling a story so steeped in history and delivering such a powerful punch of reality to all that we are and know. I highly recommend this book, two at a time, one for a friend.