The romance of the West is built on an endless armature of shootouts and train robberies, cowboys versus Indians, white hat versus black, and everybody versus the wilderness. From John Colter's harrowing escape from the Blackfeet to Hugh Glass's six week crawl to civilization after a grizzly attack, from Custer's final moments to John Wesley Powell's treacherous run through the rapids of the Grand Canyon, Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears will take the top fifty wildest episodes in the region's history and present them to the reader in one convenient, narrative-driven package.
Matthew P. Mayo's previous books include the Western novels Winters' War, Wrong Town, and Hot Lead, Cold Heart. In addition to writing novels and non-fiction, Mayo has had short stories and poetry published in a variety of anthologies, and he edited the anthology Where Legends Ride: New Tales of the Old West. He is also a magazine editor and a member of Western Writers of America and Western History Association.