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Texas was a rough land for the settlers to tame. Droughts hit hard, and Indians threatened everything the newcomers had-everything they hoped to build. Then came the real test of the settlers' strength-an Indian raid that saw their wives and children captured and enslaved by the savage Comanche tribe. Now the men had to find a way to get their families back-without leaving their scalps on the tip of an Indian war stick!
Hank Laird had never laid claim to sainthood. Truth is, his enemies would be quick to swear that the man was the devil himself-a reputation Laird earned as one of the most hardscrabble men ever to grace the soil of South Texas. With grit, gold and gunpowder, he forged an empire out of chaos in the wake of the Civil War. But now the vultures are coming home to roost and it's up to Laird whether Santa Guerra ranchlands will be heaven or hell.
Lucas Brokaw is an incredibly wealthy man. But though he has amassed one of the greatest fortunes in the world, he is without an heir. Looking death in the face, he decides to leave his money to whoever can prove to be his reincarnated self. He has set up a foundation to oversee his assets until someone steps forward as the reincarnation of Lucas Brokaw -- and can prove it. Hundreds of candidates emerge, each claiming to be the millionaire returned to collect his fortune. But all of them fail to provide significant knowledge of the life of Brokaw to back up their petition. Only one candidate is able to pass all of the tests. Now he must prove himself by traversing the final and most difficult obstacle: a chamber of secrets rife with deadly traps that can only be defused by intimate knowledge of Brokaw's codes. If there truly is such a thing as a human soul, the world is about to find out.
He was an Indian fighter turned trailblazer and cattleman. Then he risked it all for a spread of Texas land in the uncharted Llano Estacado--and for the adventure of a lifetime. Jack Jordan was a legend before he turned thirty years old. But his greatest quest lay ahead. he came to a breathtaking canyon called Palo Duro with a herd of cattle, a courageous woman, and an iron will. Jordan had already made and lost fortunes. Now he would make and extraordinary stand--with a fast gun and a vision that wouldn't die.
Americans have always put the past to political ends. The Union laid claim to the Revolution--so did the Confederacy. Civil rights leaders said they were the true sons of liberty--so did Southern segregationists. This book tells the story of the centuries-long struggle over the meaning of the nation's founding, including the battle waged by the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and evangelical Christians to "take back America." Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, offers a wry and bemused look at American history according to the far right, from the "rant heard round the world," which launched the Tea Party, to the Texas School Board's adoption of a social-studies curriculum that teaches that the United States was established as a Christian nation. Along the way, she provides rare insight into the eighteenth-century struggle for independence--the real one, that is. Lepore traces the roots of the far right's reactionary history to the bicentennial in the 1970s, when no one could agree on what story a divided nation should tell about its unruly beginnings. Behind the Tea Party's Revolution, she argues, lies a nostalgic and even heartbreaking yearning for an imagined past--a time less troubled by ambiguity, strife, and uncertainty--a yearning for an America that never was. The Whites of Their Eyes reveals that the far right has embraced a narrative about America's founding that is not only a fable but is also, finally, a variety of fundamentalism--anti-intellectual, anti-historical, and dangerously anti-pluralist.
In the 1870's, a family of New York City stage performers heads west to Denver and meets some of the legendary figures on the frontier- Jesse James, Bill Hickok and General Custer.