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W. Lane Rogers is an acknowledged expert in Western American history. Rogers is in his fifteenth year as a widely-read Phoenix newspaper columnist. He has written hundreds of articles for publications worldwide and has authored numerous books in Western history. Titles in the crime genre include Ruthless Acts: The Utah Murders and Crimes & Misdeeds: Headlines from Arizona's Past.

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Early influences were Bernard Devoto, Wallace Stegner, Fawn Brodie, Dale Morgan, Ray Allen Billington, Howard Roberts Lamar, Frederick Jackson Turner and others who chronicled the Westward Movement.


Rogers is the recepient of numerous awards including the C.L. Sonnichsen Award for Best Article in the Journal of Arizona History.

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Books by Rogers in the crime genre include Ruthless Acts: The Utah Murders and Crimes & Misdeeds: Headlines from Arizona's Past. Forthcoming is The California Snatch Racket and a yet-untitled crimes anthology, each co-authored with respected California historian James R. Smith. A dynamic speaker, Rogers has appeared before a wide variety of organizations including the Arizona Historical Society. He lectures frequently in colleges and universities where his topics reflect the broad diversity of his writing--early 20th century crime in the West, labor unrest in Western mining camps, Mormon polygamy, World War I, the embryonic film and broadcasting industries, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the 1930s, and the modern Civil Rights Movement.

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