Thomas J. DiLorenzo (LUM): The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality. A review of Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War by Steven E. Woodworth. A review of Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy by Robert B. Pippin (and more). One of the most famous hideouts of such outlaws as Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, the Logan brothers, and Jesse James was a remote spot in Johnson County, Wyoming called the Hole-in-the-Wall. A review of Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History by Lisi Krall. How the West wasn't won: Frank Jacobs on Powell's water-based states. From NeoAmericanist, a special section on Imperial Cityscapes: Urban history and empire in the United States. The first chapter from The Big Ditch: How America Took, Built, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu. Islands and the law: An interview with Christina Duffy Burnett on the juridical shape of America’s insular empire. An interview with William Boyer, author of America’s Virgin Islands: A History of Rights and Wrongs. Basking in Hollywood spotlight: The tropical US territory of Puerto Rico is increasingly a backdrop in American and European cinema, standing in for Baghdad war zones, Brazilian slums, or cookie-cutter American suburbs.