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The Horrell Wars
Feuding in Texas and New Mexico
By David Johnson, with foreword by Bill O’Neal
Texas history, hardcover, 240 pages, with 16 black-and-white photos, $24.99. E-book available.
Author David Johnson fleshes out the oft two-dimensional portrait of the Horrell brothers of Lampasas. The controversial Texans are broadly remembered as outlaws, but they were also ranchers with a habit of rustling cattle.
They’re infamous for the shootout they shared with state police in 1873 Lampasas. They fled to Mexico, only to get tangled in what became the Lincoln County War and, afterward, the Horrell-Higgins War.
The Horrell clan was nearly wiped out by the feud when two of the brothers were killed by a mob. It was only Sam Horrell Jr. who lived to a ripe old age and died of natural causes.
Small Town America in World War II
War Stories from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
By Ronald E. Marcello
World War II and military history, cloth cover, 464 pages, with 23 black and white illustrations, $24.95. E-book available.
Author Ronald E. Marcello amassed oral histories of both civilians and veterans who lived in a small Pennsylvania town during the Second World War to write his book.
Split into four sections — North African, Italian, European and Pacific theaters — Marcello fleshes out the coming of age of a small community that saw residents become soldiers.
A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, Edward Reisinger, remembered the town and the war: “Replacements had little chance of surviving. They were sent to the front one day, and the next day they were coming back with mattress covers over them.”
Tanker Mervin Haugh recalls, “The next thing we knew, the German tanks attacked us. They knocked out five of our tanks quickly, and they all burned up in flames.”
Marcello gives readers a window into the change small towns across the country saw during the turbulent 1940s.
— Staff report