1952 "Review Copy, with the compliments of G.P. Putnam's Sons" on flier insert (see pic); hardbound; black and white photos; very good condition with unmarked pages; boards have very minor wear; no dust jacket.
A collection of thirteen True Crime biographical sketches of four Civil War era women spies and nine female western outlaws from the 1870s to the end of the 19th century. The spies include Elizabeth Van Lew, the Union's principal spy in Richmond and Rose O'Neale Greenhow, a beautiful Confederate spy in Washington.
Among the outlaws, there's Poker Alice, considered the toughest female gambler in the West; Calamity Jane, a tragic misfit who became a symbol for women who were able to hold their own on the frontier; Ella Watson, aka Cattle Kate, a rustler; Belle Starr, called the Bandit Queen of Texas, who became the first woman tried for a major crime in the courtroom of the legendary "Hanging Judge" Parker; and Pearl Hart, lady road agent, who planned and executed the West's last stage coach robbery.