A VERY INTERESTING TAKE ON LIFE ON THE FRONTIER BEFORE AND AFTER THE TURN OF THE CENTURY...HAVING LIVED IN ARIZONA FOR 40 YEARS, I WAS FAMILIAR WITH SOME OF THE AREAS THAT PEARCE TRAVELED AND WORKED IN...I THOUGHT THE INTERACTION WITH THE INDIANS WAS QUITE INTERESTING...AND THE WAY HE HANDLED AND APPREHENDED THE BAD GUYS WITHOUT USING HIS GUNS WAS ADMIRABLE .....IT MUST HAVE BEEN HARD ON PEARCE AND HIS WIFE LIVING APART FOR SO LONG AT TIMES...
I found this a fascinating journal of Mr. Pearce's time on the range. It is not filled with boasting of self-heroics, but was full of actual accounts of his life on the frontier, and encounters with rustlers, Indians (Native Americans to be P.C.) and outlaws in general. My only minor criticism is that the font is small, so take that into consideration if read-ability is important to you.
Just read this fascinating story of Joseph Pearce, made even more interesting as I have travelled the areas he worked in and its hard to imagine Clifton as it was in Pearce's time compared to now. Very descriptive, and captivating.
I am an avid reader of south west history and this book is a darn good one, I hated to see it end. I live here in the same area, so it was special to me. I just found out that Joe Pearce is my neighbors great uncle. It is one of those books that is very hard to put down.
I felt like I was sitting along side of Joseph Pearce listening to his wonderful tales of the years he spent as a Ranger. I did not know that Arizona had Rangers even though it was for a short period of time. The book is written using the same descriptive language that a man of Joseph Pearce's time in history and given life style would have used. Not lewd or gross but really gives the reader the feeling like they are setting around the campfire in the late 1890's. A wonderful book narrated by a very interesting man. For you western history buffs, don't miss it.
Joe Pearce writes clearly of a life well lived in a time of historic transition in the American southwest. His observations of the process of the settlement and civilization of the "wild west" of the Arizona Territory inform and contrast to the fictional depictions of these times. A great read, highly recommended.