Book reviews: Zebulon Pike, Wyatt Earp in Western nonfiction roundup


Zebulon Pike is one of the West’s mysteries. Was he sent West to map the country, or were his orders to trespass into Spanish territory to spy, possibly for Aaron Burr? If his mission was to explore, Pike was a bungler. In this comprehensive biography of Pike, Jared Orsi, associate professor of history at Colorado State University.