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Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:00 am

The University of North Texas Press has published two interesting biographies by Harker Heights author Rick Miller, a former police chief and now county attorney of Bell County.

Bloody Bill Longley: The Mythology of a Gunfighter ($29.95 hardcover, 400 pages) tries to separate fact from fiction concerning the life of Longley, who once declared himself the worst outlaw in Texas. Miller contends he was a braggart who greatly exaggerated his prowess as a gunfighter. The book is a revised and expanded edition of Miller's 1996 account of Longley's life.

Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881 ($29.95 hardcover, 412 pages) focuses on the activities of Jones and the Rangers fighting Indians, guarding jails from lynch mobs and tracking down notorious outlaws.

Jones, the author writes, "was a humorless, although not stuffy, man who did not brook any nonsense from his subordinate officers or privates" and employed military tactics to make the Rangers more effective.

Rick Miller has also written books about outlaw Sam Bass, bounty hunter Jack Duncan, and train robber Eugene Bunch.

Minister Phil Ware has completed the fourth book in his series of daily meditations from the Gospels.

The new book, God With Us, includes 365 devotionals from the Gospel of Matthew (Leafwood Publishers, $13.99 paperback). Each piece includes a Scripture verse, a meditation of 100-200 words, and a prayer.

Other books in the series include What Jesus Did (from John), The Shadow of the Cross (Mark) and The Steps of the Savior (Luke).

Ware is senior minister at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene.

If history is your passion, Texas: A Historical Atlas is now available in a $29.95 paperback edition (published interestingly enough by the University of Oklahoma Press).

The 430-page oversized volume, which came out in hardcover a couple of years ago, is an impressive collection of 86 historical articles or essays by historian A. Ray Stephens with 175 full-color maps by cartographer Carol Zuber-Mallison and about 80 photographs.

This is one of those books that belong on the coffee table or shelf of any serious student of Texas history.

Texas Health Atlas by Lawrence Estaville, Kristine Egan and Abel Galaviz (Texas A&M University Press, $35 flexbound, 220 pages) is not a book that you settle back and peruse unless you're really into health statistics.

But it's quite a comprehensive accumulation and presentation of health data about Texas (illustrated by 350 color maps) that should be useful to medical researchers and policymakers. A Texas medical timeline at the back of the book covers significant developments from 1853 to 2010.

Glenn Dromgoole writes about Texas books and authors. Contact him at g.dromgoole@suddenlink.net.

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