The Really Real West

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Think you know what the real West was all about?  Bill O’Reilly, author of Killing Lincoln, Killing Jesus and others, might have to disagree with you!
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies is the companion book to the Fox News series. This companion piece is written by David Fisher, who like Mr. O’Reilly is also a best-selling author in his own right.
In his early days, before becoming the name of note he is today, Bill O’Reilly was a school teacher. He struggled, like most teachers still do, to find some way to engage a roomful of bored teenagers. This book, according his introduction, is the result of that effort. He sought to cut through all of the dry facts and get to the stories that would make his students sit up and listen.
It worked…and still works today, and that’s one thing that makes this book so cool. Another is that it is filled with fascinating, but little know historical details.
For example, did you know that Daniel Boone, one of our early trailblazers, was once accused of treason?
Or did you know that Davy Crockett, another of our famous frontiersmen, once saved President Andrew Jackson’s life before dying a martyr’s death at the Alamo?
One of the best of all (in my opinion) is the story of the real Lone Ranger, who happened to be an African-American as well as an ex-slave. Forget about Tonto and Silver and the mask and all that. With courage, tenacity, and keen intelligence, this this man single-handedly brought law and order to the wild Oklahoma Indian Territory in the late 1800’s.
But you can find out all about this and more by checking Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies: the real west for yourself!