The Wicked West

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Published by: Rio Nuevo Publishers
Release Date: October 10, 2005
Pages: 160
ISBN13: 978-1887896740


The Wicked West takes readers on a sinful journey back to frontier days. Gallop your horse right into a saloon. Learn how our forefathers—and foremothers—enjoyed life’s wild little pastimes, such as drinking, smoking, gambling, and of course, prostitution. Your guide for this riotous trip through saloons and bordellos all across the Old West is popular historian Sherry Monahan. She shows you how to mix a mean whiskey cocktail and gives the rules for the high-rolling game of faro. Best of all, she introduces you to a crowd of rough, tough, real-life men and women who tell their unforgettable stories in their own salty words. View 60 b/w photographs.


“Literary voyeurs will love this one. It features everything from whiskey to whores, faro to fisticuffs, and hedonism to homicide. This was the Old West of the late 1800s, untouched and untamed, as told through memoirs and eyewitness recollections of the men and women who lived the era.

Although the 176 pages of scandal, sex, sin and saloons discuss events that took place more than a century ago, The Wicked West: Boozers, Cruisers, Gamblers, and More offers enough detail to paint a vivid picture. You can almost hear your own spurs clank as you enter one of these rowdy saloons and become part of this history. I thought I knew how wicked the West was until I read this book. Now I really wish I’d been there!”
-Tucson Weekly