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John Richard Stephens

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John Richard Stephens began writing books in 1987. Twenty-one have been published so far, including Wildest Lives of the Frontier America Through the Words of Jesse James, George Armstrong Custer, and Other Famous Westerner; Gold: Firsthand Accounts from the Rush That Made the West (both TwoDot); mostrar mais Commanding the storm (Lyons Press); Weird History and Wyatt Earp Speaks. mostrar menos

Obras por John Richard Stephens


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Stephens, John Richard
Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
California, USA
psychiatric counselor
United States Navy
United States Air Force



Featuring a rare story by Anne Rice, a classic chiller by Edith Wharton, and song lyrics by Sting, this eclectic and original collection of vampire stories covers the gamut of genres, from the dark pleasures of Shakespeare to the twilight terrors of Rod Serling.
Cultural_Attache | 1 outra crítica | Jul 28, 2018 |
Going into this book, my only knowledge about Wyatt Earp came from Hollywood and film such as Tombstone and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. I'm sure Earp aficionados are able to appreciate some of the subtleties of the book more, nonetheless, a novice like myself was able to get into the book and I did come away with a greater understanding of the scope of the legend of Earp and the famous shoot-out in Tombstone. The book's greatest appeal I feel lies in its wonderful presentation, a real testament to the publisher Fall River Press. Everything from the use of fonts, to the pictures, and the footnotes and sidebar quotations are very easy to follow and presents a modernly stylish look to an old subject. Although most of the book focuses on the Tombstone events, quite a bit illustrates later events in Earp's life such as his boxing referee days and his association with early motion picture star Tom Mix. Reading the primary sources really gives the reader a feel for how people spoke in the late 1880s and 90s, making the story come alive in a unique way. Its always fascinating to see how misinformation and lies spread so quickly through the press and defamation of character was as widespread as the lawlessness one sees depicted in old westerns. This book provides a very vivid portrait of the 'Old West' as it really was.… (mais)
Humberto.Ferre | 2 outras críticas | Sep 28, 2016 |
Twenty-two accounts of people, mostly professional seamen, who were captured by pirates. Most of the accounts span across 100 years, from the early 1700's to the early 1800's, and cover a wide variance of pirate behavior. Some crews were of the gentlemanly sort, who kept violence to a minimum and were only interested in the cargo, while others were barbaric, such as in one account when a man was forced to watch as his captain's arm were chopped off and others of the crew were tortured to death.

For anyone who doubts that meeting with pirates could be really scary, this is proof that surviving often came down to pure luck.
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mstrust | Jun 8, 2011 |
To be certain, there are those who will sit there and pick this book apart, claiming that this is just another author looking to glorify Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp along with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson thrown in for good measure. However, there is no denying that John Richard Stephens, the true author, took great pains and did a very thorough job of researching the Gunfight near the OK Corral, all that led up to it, the aftermath, and other occurrences aside. Stephens goes to as much first source material as he can not to aggrandize the Earps and their friends, but to allow them to speak to us in their own words. In fact, he leaves their words alone, allowing them to stand on their own merit, then adds a copious amount of footnotes to correct for errors, not only in language, but in how events are believed to have actually happened. After all, all of our memories are fallible and subject to change here and there through the passage of time. What is especially nice is that you can get a good feel for how some of these legendary men spoke and thought of themselves and their deeds, which then are given a reality check through footnotes. A very worthwhile read.… (mais)
kawika | 2 outras críticas | Aug 29, 2009 |

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