Alton Pryor

Biography

Alton Pryor has been a writer for magazines, newspapers, and wire services. After retiring, he turned to writing books. He is the author of 18 books, which he has published himself.

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Books

Outlaws and Gunslingers
By Alton Pryor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,740. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Western outlaws terrorized the country during the 1800s and early1900s, robbing stagecoaches, banks, trains and merchants. Some became folk heroes. The west's fastest gun was not an outlaw. He was an FBI agent with the nickname of "Jelly" Bryce. He could drop a coin from shoulder height, draw and shoot the coin before it reached his waist.
The Strange Life of Howard Hughes
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Howard Hughes was an obsessed man. He was obsessed with aviation and he was obsessed with sex, both conventional and bi-sexual. His relationships included some of the most famous names in Hollywood, both men and women, including Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Tyrone Power, Randolph Scott, and Jean Peters.
Robert E. Lee, the Supreme Patriot
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
With the exception of George Washington, the most famous general in American history is Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870). Lee’s fame came in spite of the fact that he led the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia against the Union Army in the Civil War.
Robert E. Lee, the Supreme Patriot
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
With the exception of George Washington, the most famous general in American history is Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870). Lee’s fame came in spite of the fact that he led the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia against the Union Army in the Civil War.
Charles Lindbergh, The Rogue Aviator
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Charles Lindbergh flew solo non-stop from New York to Paris and became a national hero. What many didn't know about this national hero was that he was an unfaithful husband. After father five children with his wife Anne, he father three other children with German mistresses.
The Magnificent Horses of Myth
By Alton Pryor
Price: Free! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Horses have been a staple of history, from the Gods through the cowboys. In this book, readers will find the stories of the mythical horses of history. They are interesting reading. We assure the reader will learn something.
The Memorable Quotations of President William Jefferson Clinton
By Alton Pryor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
President Bill Clinton was both controversial and insightful, both traits showing up in his many memorable quotations. He expounded on an infintite variety of topics.
Elfego Baca, The Mexican Gunfighter
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Elfego Baca always wanted to be a lawman. At the age if 19, he obtained a mail-order sheriff's badge, appointed a friend or two as deputy sheriff's and concocted a method to clean the town of Socorro, New Mexico of its riffraff and seedy characters. Baca sent out letters to the felons in town, claiming he had warrants for their arrest. They either must surrender or risk being shot on sight.
Outrageous Punishment: The Crime of Being a Slave
By Alton Pryor
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Depending on their master, slaves were punished relentlessly to keep them in line. This led to many slave rebellions and uprisings that were never duly reported in history. It was a slave's curse to be owned by a cruel master.
Modern Pirates
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Today’s pirates are ruthless gangs of agile seagoing robbers who attack ships with assault rifles and antitank missiles.
The Ten Worst Wild West Outlaws
By Alton Pryor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
The outlaws rampaged through the countryside, often killing, raping, or mutilating their victims. While all were finally captured, it sometimes took the wiles of the best western lawmen or troops of soldiers to bring the villains to justice.
Flags of the United States
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,050. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Tells the history of how each of the State flags in the United States got their names and designs. This is an excellent book for youngsters studying American History.
Little Known Tales in Oklahoma History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Oklahoma is a young state but its history goes back to the 1540s. Oklahoma Territory was originally planned as an area for the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians. Pressure from white settlers forced the government to open up the territory to settlement.
Words of Wisdom
By Alton Pryor
Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
A collection of good luck and bad luck adages that have been passed down for generations.
Little Known Tales in Texas History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,820. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
This books has short stories about Texas history. The book also contains a list of the victims of the Battle of the Alamo.
El Muerto, The Headless Horseman
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 750. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
The Headless horseman terrorized settlers, town citizens, outlaws and cowboys alike when they saw this creature roam the southwest Texas plains on a dun-colored horse.
California and the American Civil War
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,150. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
California sent more volunteers to fight in the American Civil War than any other state in the Union. California sent about 17,000 men to fight in the Civil War. Volunteers fought in 31 engagements, most in the Shenandoah Valley. Author Alton Pryor has captured many of the elements involving California and the American Civil War.
The Big Four Railroad Barons and Other Railroad Stories
By Alton Pryor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
The Big Four—Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford and Charles Crocker—ruled California government, both state and local, for thirty years. The Southern Pacific Railroad, which they owned, was the single largest corporation in California and controlled 85 percent of the state’s railroad tracks. This book details how the Big Four used California as their own personal banking instrument.
The Real Life of Amelia Earhart, The Feminine Flying Wizard
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Amelia Earhart set a number of flying records in her outstanding career, but she wanted one more. She wanted to fly the circumference of the earth at the equator level. She and her navigator Fred Noonan were within seven thousand miles of finishing the 29,000 mile journey when they crash landed. Anthropologists have found remains on an isolated atoll in the Pacific.
The Real Story of John Wesley Hardin, The Meanest s.o.b. in the Old West
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
John Wesley Hardin killed for the joy of killing. He always felt he was persecuted for his Southern feelings. He deplored the black slaves of the south. He was also fast with a six-gun and used it all too often.
The Real Story of John C. Fremont
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
John Fremont was impetuous and rash in his decisions, one of which got him court martialed. Still he was credited with blazing passes that opened California for immigrants.
Fascinating Women In California History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,540. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Women were not only the first to find gold, but they were responsible for settling California. T
The Real Story of Butch Cassidy, Leader of the Wild Bunch
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Maybe the most careful robbery planner of all the old west outlaws. He was adept at planning robberies of trains and banks that yielded big returns. He claims that he personally never killed anybody, although members of The Wild Bunch wreaked havoc throughout the west.
The Real Story of Billy the Kid
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
The most notorious outlaw that ever lived, and the one that lived the shortest. Billy was only 21-years-old when he was killed by a bullet fired by Pat Garrett. He was said to have killed 21 men in his life-time, but only five were ever documented.
The Real Story of Kit Carson
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Kit Carson was the consummate American hero. He was a little man but could handle a big man's courageous feats. He was a mountain man that led such explorers as John C. Fremont across the driest of deserts and highest of mountains into uncharted territory.
The Real Story of Bat Masterson
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
He was a good lawman, but he sometimes worked both sides of the law to accomplish a goal. He was a masterful gambler, but his real bent in life seemed fulfilled when he became the Sports Editor of a New York Newspaper.
Little Known Tales in Nevada History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,670. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Nevada is much more than casinos and sagebrush. It's history dates back to the ice age and its many ghost towns provide an adventure for the entire family. Do yourself a favor and take our back road view of Nevada.
Little Known Tales in Hawaii History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,370. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Hawaii was no paradise. The history of Hawaii is turbulent and soul wrenching. The taboos placed on the commoners by the members of royalty would sometimes make the slavery that occurred in the South seem a pleasure. Women were forbidden to eat with the men.
Odd and Unusual Tales from the Old West
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,190. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Read about the Seven Little Indians, who hard-bitten mountain men could not bring themselves to put to death following an Indian battle. The reader will also find a story of the Headless Horseman, a true tale that happened in Texas. The legend of Blackberry Hill, John Colter's six mile naked run from Indians.
Cowboys, The End of the Trail
By Alton Pryor
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,030. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Every boy wants to be a cowboy, not realizing that a cowboy's life often goes down roads that would be better left untraveled. Still, even bankers, lawyers and congressmen, who once were cowboys, will still claim that as their profession. Once a cowboy, always a cowboy.
The Lawmen
By Alton Pryor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,480. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Lawmen of the old west played a juggling act as far as the law was concerned. The lawman had be both tougher and smarter than his outlaw counterpart or the outlaw would win. Most the sheriffs and marshals wearing badges played at gambling, often owning the gambling concessions in the saloons and barrooms of the very towns they were required to police.
The Bawdy House Girls
By Alton Pryor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,620. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
The Bawdy House Girls were among the first at a new gold strike, ready to peddle their desirable ware to the sex-hungry gold miners. Their lives in the gold camps were usually deplorable and many died from alcoholism, disease, drug overdose, or suicide.
Scandals and Scoundrels from the Old West
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,690. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
There were scandals and scoundrels throughout the west. Consider the dance instructor that sued a cable-car company because an accident turned her into a nymphomaniac. She was awarded $50,000.
Classic Tales in California History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,880. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Women may have found gold in California a full year before James Marshal. Wheelbarrow Johnny started building wheelbarrows in Placerville and later became a national automobile tycoon. California's last "dry" town might surprise you.
The Real Story of David Jack, The Land King
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
David Jack literally stole thousands of acres of Mexican land grants given to Monterey by the previous Mexican governments. Monterey didn't have the money to satisfy the claims with the U.S. Claims Commission. A lawyer proved the claims legal, but Monterey couldn't afford the legal bill. The Mexican land claims were auctioned off on the courthouse steps.
The Real Story of Wyatt Earp
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Wyatt Earp worked both sides of the law, whichever seemed to suit him. He always wanted to be a sheriff, but never got beyond the deputy status. He and his prostitute wife lived a long and happy life prospecting in Alaska and investing their money.
The Real Life of Jesse James
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Jesse James returned from the American Civil War and was branded as a criminal because he fought as a rebel on the side of the south. He rode into Lafayette, Missouri to turn himself in, carrying a white flag. A Union soldier spotted him and shot him despite the white flag. He decided if hewas going to be branded an outlaw, he would be one. He was the most famous of all time.
The Real Life of Judge Roy Bean
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Judge Roy Bean determined the law to suit his fancy in his courtroom in the area of Texas west of the Pecos. He refused to hear appeals and his decision was final, if not always fair. Still, he did a lot of good for the area's helpless and needy.
The Real Story of Calamity Jane
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Calamity Jane was a woman in a man's world. She could out-swear, out-drink and out-work most men. She was wildly in love with Wild Bill Hickok, but he didn't return her amorous wishes. In her down years, Calamity Jane worked as a prostitute. She died in poverty.
The Real Story of the Apache Kid
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
The Apache Kid was a respected member of the U.S. Army Scouts. He became embroiled in a melee that was unavoidable for him and two men were killed. He was threatened with ten years in the hell-hole Yuma State Prison. He escaped and became a fugitive with a large price on his head. He was never caught.
The Other Side of the Mountain
By Alton Pryor
You set the price! Words: 22,710. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
In its early days, The Owens Valley provided a refuge for the Paiute Indians who sought solitude from the white man that was intruding on California. Still, the white man eventually stumbled on the Owens Valley, and like much of California, settled there and laid claim to Indian territory. Today, the most prominent landmark of the Owens Valley is the towering Mt. Whitney.
Little Known Tales in California History
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,370. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A lost Spanish galleon still lies on the bottom of the Salton Sea, loaded with iron chests. Pegleg Smith's lost gold mine is still waiting for someone to find. Is Joaquin Murrieta only the myth of an early newspaper writer? The latest news on ishi, the last Yahi Indian.
The Timeless Quotations of President Ronald Reagan
By Alton Pryor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,060. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
"Government is the people's business, and every man, woman, and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid" is only one of the striking quotes from the man that many consider one of our greatest presidents. President Reagan was arguably the most quotable president in the history of the United States. We hope you enjoy reading these quotations as much as we enjoyed compiling them.
Publish It Yourself: Five Easy Steps to Getting Your Book in Print
By Alton Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
In easy-to-understand language, Alton Pryor walks the new author through the steps it takes to get a book into print: the same method the author used in publishing all 18 of his books. In book publishing, it is the author who must do all the promotion and marketing activities even though a publishing house is handling the details. If you have to do all the work, why not take more of the profit?

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