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D’Ambrosio chronicles ‘Montana and the NFL’

Brian D’Ambrosio, a regular contributor to Last Best News, has a new book out, “Montana and the NFL.” Heavily illustrated with photographs, the paperback book was published by The History Press and is available for $21.99. “Montanans’ football obsession goes far beyond storied college programs,” reads a synopsis of the book on The History Press website. “From Baker to Zurich, even the tiniest towns in Montana have sent players to the NFL. One of the most dominant offensive linemen of the 1940s was Anaconda’s own Francis Cope, who earned All-Decade honors as a New York Giant. Continue Reading →

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New book takes deep dive into Montana roots music

The title of Aaron Parrett’s new book, “Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country,” published this summer by The History Press, was more than enough to draw me in. What made it irresistible was to see that the foreword was written by Smith Henderson, the Montana native whose first novel, “Fourth of July Creek,” published in 2014, was so uncommonly good. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Outrageous characters’ crowd Montana history book


Less than a year after the publication of his “Montana Territory and the Civil War,” Great Falls historian Ken Robison is back with a another, related book, “Confederates in Montana Territory.”

He said the book was his idea, not his publisher’s, and there were two reasons he wanted to write it. The first was to examine with some rigor the often-repeated notion that Montana was largely settled by Confederates from Missouri who came here after a series of defeats by Union forces. (more…) Continue Reading →

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