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Peacemakers: Arms And Adventure In The American West

In this unique tribute to the West, R. L. Wilson has produced the definitive and most lavishly illustrated book ever on the weaponry of the West and its colorful and intriguing users.In 320 full color and 215 black and white illustrations, with in depth text and captions, the broad range of arms and users is detailed.  Beginning with Native American primitive weaponry, this book presents a comprehensive panorama from Lewis and Clark and their historic expedition, through subsequent trailblazing explorers, traders and mountain men, to the Army, the gold and silver miners, gunfighters, gamblers, outlaws, frontier madams and their soiled doves, to peace officers, cowboys and ranchers, as well as sodbusters, shopkeepers and the agents of Wells Fargo, hunters and gentlemen sportsmen, Wild West showmen and women, to the Western stars of stage, screen, radio, and television.  A final chapter provides insights and revelations on collecting arms and related treasures of the frontier. No book of the West has been so thoroughly researched to produce an unmatched mother lode of exquisitely designed color illustrations.  Drawing upon talents of gifted photographers, and upon archives of period images, the author has assembled the most dramatic and captivating visual collection of historic and priceless Western arms and their users ever published.The original color photography and the historic period photographic images and art, and film and TV stills create a new and comprehensive look at the West.These extraordinary, often beautiful illustrations also include hundreds of objects of memorabilia that have their own role in the saga:  Indian artifacts, holsters and cartridge belts, chaps, saddles, boots, and countless other leather goods, military uniforms, gambling equipment, law enforcement badges, headgear, clothing, advertising art and trade cards, show business memorabilia, and much more.  Even frontier architecture is frequently illustrated.Over 250 private collectors, museums, and historical societies cooperated in the author's far reaching research.  Foremost among these sources is the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, which exhibits an unmatched collection of arms and accoutrements.  Over sixty illustrations were taken of specific arms and memorabilia displayed by that remarkable institution.The book's large format presents most of these arms in exquisite close ups accompanied by details of their history and significance.  The book's organization provides a unique overview of the original West and the fictional West, the latter serving to keep alive the spirit of romance and adventure.  A selected bibliography and detailed index complete the contents of this landmark tribute to an American phenomenon:  The West.

Hardcover: 392 pages

Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc. (May 15, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0785818928

ISBN-13: 978-0785818922

Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.5 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 5 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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This book is one of the most beatiful I have seen. If you like cowboy guns, buy this book. The extraordinary amount of information provided on the text is surpassed only by the quality and variety of the pictures. The book is divided in chapters coverring all aspects of the life during the period, and gives special details on guns of famous men. It is a great source for all cowboy shooters and gun collectors.

My gun loving son, cried when his teacher would not let him bring this book to school to show his friends. It's absolutely gorgeous with an interesting text and glorious photos. We love the section showing the actors and their screen guns.

Outstanding book, as are all I have by R.L. Wilson. Not only are the pictures great but it has a lot of information about firearms and American Indian weapons of the western frontier. Would definitely recommend even if all you did was buy it for the pictures.

I love to collect many different types of coffee table books and give this a 5 star rating.A well researched and in depth look at the colorful people of the Old West and their weapons of choice. Starting with native american arms moving through Lewis and Clark, other explorers, mountain men, military, gamblers, madams, cowboys, sherrifs etc. This book has over 300 color and 200 B&W beautiful illustrations include numerous memorialbilia objects gathered from private collectors, museums and historical societys. Wonderful visual layout and design & well researched captions gave you the feeling of walking through a "virtual museum". If you like history and literature of the old west, this would be a must addition to your library.

A beautiful book. Every firearm made in America, from the REAL west to the REEL west, it's in here. This is a must have for everyone interested in the building of America and the firearms of that era.

Can't say that I've read it cover to cover (as it's really thick), but I'm ready to get a review.The book is 100% worth the price, as it's the most broad account about the Old West weaponry I've ever seen. I want to point out, that instead of concentrating on firearms as do the common Old-West-Arsenal books, this one gives quite a brilliant collection of knives, knuckles, clubs and indian tribes' weaponry! It has tons of pictures, both contemporary and Western-era photos and some pretty non-weapon artefacts of the period (watches, playing cards, trinkets etc.).It's nice, very pleasant to hold and both read or just thumb through and scan from time-to-time.As for the draw-backs (and the explanation why I put 4 stars instead of 5) the book lacks the data of what was the real perfomance of the guns of the period: usability, accuracy, stopping power, killing ability, and some statistics or more personal accounts about this stuff. The text is more about the gunfithers or the creation of guns than of weapons themselves. Unfortunately this is really the shortcoming of almost all such books.

...not to mention scouts, indians, showmen, shootists, etc. I can't say enough good things about this book, or any other book by R.L. Wilson. Wilson is the official company historian for Colt, and has written many excellent titles including, but not limited to: "Colt: an American Legend"; "Steel Canvas: the Art of American Arms"; "Winchester: an American Legend", etc. Wilson covers any topic in a thorough, intelligent and entertaining fashion. Like all Wilson's books, "Peacemakers" includes a profusion of beautiful color plates. Highly, highly recommended.

Excellent book. Great photos and enjoyable text; with all my boyhood heros! From the Indians and mountain men, up thru the true wild west and on to movie and TV cowboys. Suitable for looking up famous or infamous American legends; or reading cover to cover (like I did).

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