Not only does Bryan’s collection bring more depth and color to well-known characters, his well-written book introduces a host of new ones. It’s an entertaining, enjoyable read.” (Western Horseman)
“Howard Bryan long ago perfected the art of listening to old-timers, and drawing out their memories of the past. Reading this new collection of tales of the Southwest, I was delighted, astonished, and informed. For all who relish the unvarnished reality of America’s western frontier, this book is a must.” (Dee Brown)
“Howard Bryan’s fourth book, just released, may be the best one yet. . . . [It] is rich in anecdotes and extraordinary personal adventures. It’s also filled with rare photos. For collectors of New Mexicana this one should not be missed.” (Santa Fe Reporter)
“A fascinating glimpse into life in New Mexico and Arizona in the ‘early days.’ There is humor and horror, tragedy and irony. . . . Bryan has recorded valuable oral history and fleshed it out with careful research.”
(Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine)
Although the details of western history have been mined and sifted through and assayed repeatedly over the past half century, once in a while a new vein is unearthed. Howard Bryan’s latest book is just such a treasure. It offers a wealth of fascinating true stories of the Old West that have never been published and are not available in any public archive.