Author Archives: adamjamesjones

About adamjamesjones

A historian of the American West, Adam James Jones is the author of "The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa." He lives in New Mexico with his wife, the actress Catharine Pilafas.

The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa, Available Now on Audiobook

The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa is now available in audiobook! Performed by actor Anthony Bianco, the novel is available for download from the following retailers:                     And as a special incentive, Audible is offering … Continue reading

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The Sand Creek Massacre

The sky was gray, the air brittle, and a sparkling layer of frost spread over the brown plain grass around Sand Creek on the dawn of November 29, 1864. To the Cheyenne, the time of year was known as Hikomini, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Western Non-Fiction

(in my opinion) 1o. Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynn Pivoting on the incredible story of the half-breed chief Quanah Parker whose mother, Cynthia Ann, was captured by the Comanche at age nine only to be forced back into … Continue reading

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Top Ten Western Novels

(in my opinion) 1o. Haunted Mesa, by Louis L’Amour One of Louis L’Amour’s longest and clearly most researched novels, Mesa  is equal parts contemporary mystery and historical thriller. While a detective working to solve a murder makes up the plot, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Western Movies

(My favorites anyway. Click for trailers.) 1o. The Man From Snowy River Based on the 1890 poem by Banjo Patterson, River features an untamed Australian landscape, Kirk Douglas in twin roles, and some of the very best horsemanship ever shown … Continue reading

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Slavery: Southwestern Style

The American Southwest during the late Spanish colonial period was home to one of the most precarious family systems in the world. Beginning late in the 17th century and continuing all throughout Mexican rule and into American conquest, settlers within … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Anasazi

The Anasazi were a civilization of Native Americans that thrived in the American Southwest from roughly 750 to 1150 CE. In their time, they became masters of pottery, architecture, and astronomy. As agriculturalists, many of the tribes developed intricate systems of … Continue reading

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Bad Medicine: A History of Narcotics in Pharmaceuticals

America is at the close of the 19th century. Pharmacology is a budding science, and pharmacies are rooting themselves along main street sidewalks. Plush red leather stools crop in a row before a long wooden bar over which is painted … Continue reading

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The (near) Trial of Wyatt Earp

Even before he hunted down and slaughtered three cowboys on his 1882 “vendetta ride,” many throughout the west considered Wyatt Earp a bona fide murderer. At no other time was this speculation put more to the test than the Tombstone, … Continue reading

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The Origin of the Texas Rangers: A Review of Robert M. Utley’s “Lone Star Justice”

Robert M. Utley’s Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers is a thorough yet readably non-didactic history of the early Texas Rangers. Beginning with their inception shortly after Mexican Independence and spanning to 1910 and the reorganization … Continue reading

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