Heroes and Villains of New Mexico: A Collection of True Stories


Now available at a bookstore near you … or even online

Heroes and Villains of New Mexico is about people you may have heard about even though you may never have heard these stories before. They are about Spanish colonials, Mexicans, and Anglos from the time of Don Juan Oñate to the present. These are personal tales—gossip, if you will—and, when you finish a story, if you’re like me, you’ll be able to say, “I didn’t know that!”

In this book, you meet Bernardo Gruber, El Aléman, for whom the Jornada del Muerto was named. There’s Maria Gertrudis Barceló who earned public recognition funding Gen. Stephen Kearney’s Army of the West. Women played prominent roles in new Mexico—Cathay Williams, who disguised herself as a man and served as a Buffalo Soldier, Sadie Orchard, a shady lady with a heart of gold, and Sally Rooke, who stayed at her switchboard to warn customers and friends about the flooding Cimarron River. You’ll meet John Stapp, once the fastest man on earth, Clyde Tombaugh who discovered Pluto, the planet, not the dog, and Fred Harvey, railroad mail clerk who only wanted a decent meal and a good cup of coffee. These New Mexicans plus 28 more round out the collection.

Some of genuine heroes. Some dastardly villains. Others you’ll have to decide for yourself. Fact or imagination? With these stories, it might sometimes be hard to know. Only these are real people who lived in the real world, and their stories are true to life.

Heroes and Villains of New Mexico: A Collection of True Stories, published as a 6×9 softcover by Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, is available in your favorite bookstore or online at Abe Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others. It’s list price is $18.95.

ISBN 978-1-63293-225-9

It’s also available as an e-book — ISBN 978-1-61139-552-5 — List price is $4.99