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New Mexico Authors and Books: Notable or Notorious

Notable or Notorious People, Places, Events in New Mexico

Atomic New Mexico: Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, the Trinity Test

  • 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos by Jennet Conant (history, biography, 2005).
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (biography, 2006).
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition by Richard Rhodes (history, 2012; first published in 1986)
  • Now It Can Be Told: The Story Of The Manhattan Project by Leslie R. Groves (memoir, 1962).
  • The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945 by Ferenc Morton Szasz (popular history, 1984).

Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County Wars

  • Anything for Billy by Larry McMurtry (historical fiction, 2001).
  • High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier by Robert M. Utley (history, 1987).

Kit Carson and the Navajo Long Walk

  • Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides (history, 2007).
  • Navajo Stories of the Long Walk Period, by Johnson Broderick (oral histories, 1973).

Fray Angélico Chávez

  • Fray Angélico Chávez: Poet, Priest, and Artist by Ellen McCracken (2000).

Coronado Expedition

  • No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada by Richard Flint (history, 2008).
  • Winter of the Metal People: The Untold Story of America's First Indian War by Dennis Herrick (historical fiction, 2013).

Geronimo, Victorio, and the Apache Insurgency

  • Avenging Victorio: A Novel of the Apache Insurgency in New Mexico, 1881 by Dave DeWitt (historical fiction, 2007).
  • Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars by Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth (graphic novel, 2016).
  • Once They Moved Like The Wind: Cochise, Geronimo, And The Apache Wars by David Roberts (popular history, 1994).

Po'Pay and the Pueblo Revolt

  • Po’pay: Leader of the First American Revolution by Joe S. Sando and Herman Agoyo (history, 2005).
  • Uprising: The Pueblo Indians and the First American War for Religious Freedom by Jake Page (history, 2013).

Doña Tules

  • Doña Tules: Santa Fe's Courtesan and Gambler by Mary J. Straw Cook (biography, 2007).



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