History told through the stories of the people who lived it.

Rusty Williams ...
Author & Speaker

A former newspaper person, Rusty tells the stories of those who made history by living it. 

You think life at the beginning of the 20th century was quaint and safe? Think again. Runaway livestock on the streets. Dynamite sold at the local hardware store. Cyclones from out of the blue. Lantern fires and gas explosions. Dallas was deadly!

In 1931 Texas and Oklahoma armed up and went to war over a two-bit toll road across the Red River. Texas Rangers faced off against Oklahoma National Guard and traffic between the states was shut down for two weeks. So who won the Red River Bridge War?

Two hundred vivid black-and-white photos tell the story of how Dallas grew from a prairie town of some importance into the international city of the Dallas tv show. Compelling essays explain why these were the most important decades of the city’s history.

Though they may have despised the war they fought, Southerners acknowledged a debt of gratitude to the men who took up arms on their behalf by building homes of refuge for decrepit and debilitated veterans. The last untold story of the Civil War.

You think life at the beginning of the 20th century was quaint and safe? Think again. Runaway livestock on the streets. Dynamite sold at the local hardware store. Cyclones from out of the blue. Lantern fires and gas explosions. Dallas was deadly!

In 1931 Texas and Oklahoma armed up and went to war over a two-bit toll road across the Red River. Texas Rangers faced off against Oklahoma National Guard and traffic between the states was shut down for two weeks. So who won the Red River Bridge War?

Two hundred vivid black-and-white photos tell the story of how Dallas grew from a prairie town of some importance into the international city of the Dallas tv show. Compelling essays explain why these were the most important decades of the city’s history.

Though they may have despised the war they fought, Southerners acknowledged a debt of gratitude to the men who took up arms on their behalf by building homes of refuge for decrepit and debilitated veterans. The last untold story of the Civil War.

Rusty discusses the War Between Texas & Oklahoma

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About Me

Rusty Williams is a writer-historian who tells about history through the stories of the people who lived it. He is the author of five nonfiction books, and numerous magazine and journal articles.

A former newspaper person, Rusty has written for the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Associated Press. He regularly speaks to historical societies, book groups, and cultural gatherings about his books and to writers’ groups about nonfiction writing, research, and publishing strategies.

He currently lives in Dallas but is always ready to road-trip anywhere in the Southwest.

Recent Books

Rusty has written five nonfiction books detailing the lives of those whose names we might not know but who contributed to the world of today. He is currently at work on his sixth book.

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