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John J. Kinney, Jr., lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he teaches English at the University of Arkansas.
"More than a biography of an interesting man, this is a marvelous series of snapshots of America's westward growth and the coming-of-age of a great nation. It is a wonderful read, and should appeal to anybody with an ounce of curiosity about and affection for a vital, exciting, and now-vanished time. It's the sort of prose--urbane, literate, and smooth--that you'd like to read aloud, and that style adds immeasurably to the book's appeal."--Robert Barr Smith, author of Last Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang and Daltons! "Written in a sprightly fashion with flashes of humor and, as a bonus, a wealth of fascinating background material on the late-nineteenth century. . . . A fine addition to the genre."--Robert DeArment, author of Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West "A fascinating story of the author's search for his roots and of the life and times of Captain 'Jack' Kinney. It is fine Americana with the color and flavor of the Old West including the likes of the Dalton gang, Al Jennings, and other western legends."--David Dary, author of The Oregon Trail, The Santa Fe Trail, and Cowboy Culture