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STORIES FROM THE OLDEN DAYS by William P. Robertson begins as a story about William's life growing up with his friends. He shares the fun and the trouble they got into. I loved reading it. Before you know it, you have to buckle up and hold on because this page turner is taking you on the ride of your life. You will be wondering how did he find out I did that? Where was he when that happened? I totally relived my growing up years and school and friends reading this book. I didn't live anywhere near William. I was in California. But no matter where you lived, where you were brought up, if you were born in the 1950's and grew up in the 1960's, you grew up in the best years ever. We made many changes and because of our changes our kids now are able to have more freedoms than we did. I gave this book 5 stars but it clearly deserves many, many more. This book would look fantastic on any bookshelf. It would make a great gift to give, and you know the holidays are around the corner. I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you read the book and thought it was boring, then re-read it with an open mind. We, the baby boomers, went through a lot, had bunches of fun without what kids have today, and here we are still having bunches of fun. Thank you, William P. Robertson, for taking me on that journey back in time. I hope to see more from William P. Robertson.

Coco - (Jul 16, 2015)

Stories from the Olden Days: A Humorous Look at Growing Up in the 1950's and '60's is a collection of short non-fiction vignettes written by William P. Robertson. These stories work together as a memoir of the author's earliest years through to his graduation from high school. Robertson grew up in a small and closely knit town in Pennsylvania. His father chose the small house where they lived because of the land it was built on. They had woods behind it as well as a stream. Robertson had a full and energetic life in those woods and other places where he and the kids in his neighborhood would get together and play. There was a pond where they'd hunt for frogs and salamanders in the summer and skate in the winter. Robertson was just at the age to appreciate music when The Beatles' music reached the United States. This was at about the same time as he was going to high school, and every week there were dances where garage bands played.

William P. Robertson's non-fiction humorous memoir collection, Stories from the Olden Days, is marvelous reading that makes you laugh and remember what it's like to be a goofy kid again. Shining throughout the stories is the author's affection for his sister and parents and the friends and relatives who were part of his life as he was growing up. I found the book hard to put down. The photographs of the author's father hamming it up are priceless, especially the one where he's attacking the Thanksgiving turkey with a Bowie knife. But equally memorable are those stories about his father taking him out on his first hunting trip and the two of them melting lead, casting and then painting the lead soldiers they would later wage battles with. This is a warm and big-hearted book that shares so much of the author's life, and it makes you smile as he recounts the good, the outrageous, and even the truly awful things that happened back then. Stories from the Olden Days is most highly recommended.

I had trouble putting down William P. Robertson's book, STORIES FROM THE OLDEN DAYS. From the very first page, my interest was captured by how he grew up in the 50's and 60's. The book is made up of short stories that are obviously told with love and are easy to read.

STORIES FROM THE OLDEN DAYS makes me wish I grew up in that time. It is nice to see how some things have stayed the same since Robertson was in school, yet many things are very different. I found it funny that the kids sang the same "naughty jokes" when I was in grammar school in the 80's as they did in the 50's. The differences I noticed are that nowadays I do not know of any school that still has a rifle team, and I am glad teachers are not allowed to paddle their students anymore. I love how Robertson shared actual photos with his readers. I like to put a face on the characters I read about; it makes me feel as if I know them. It also makes the book look sort of like a scrapbook, which I really like.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Robertson's fond memories in STORIES FROM THE OLDEN DAYS. It gave me a glimpse of the past when things seemed to be simpler. It also made me see that kids seemed to have more fun back then compared to today. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to be reminded how the "olden days" were.

The 1950s was the era of the baby-boomers, or so we've been labeled. It's hard to imagine that the 1950s are now considered the 'Olden Days.' But, then again, that's part of William P. Robertson's charm and sense of humor. Stories from the Olden Days is a collection of Robertson's memories from his growing up years in the 1950s and 1960s. He starts with a quirky chapter on political correctness of this era. Actually, as he points out, it didn't exist. That's why he titles the chapter "Politically What?" As the author suggests, during this time, "People spoke their minds, plain and simple."

The next few chapters introduce the reader to the author's childhood neighborhood, his friends, his parents, and his sister. No one was spared the author's attention to detail and his sense of humor, but all of his descriptions are given in good fun with no insult intended. Most of the stories center around Robertson's childhood, but the latter part of the book introduces us to the teenage Robertson as we meet his first love in "Love-Itis."

William P. Robertson is quite the character and, through his collection of memoirs, it becomes clear to the reader that he has always been a character, just like his father, whose humorous pranks lightened the mood all around and provided lots of fun for children and adults alike. This is a book of anecdotes that provides a humorous look at growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. It's also a fascinating read and an interesting trip down Memory Lane.


Sergeant Curtis, Boone, Bucky, and Jimmy have fought together in some of the most famous battles the Civil War had to offer, Antietam and Gettysburg, for example. On May 31, 1864, it was time for them to decide to continue on as a Bucktail and see the war through or head on home as their enlistment service time had succeeded. Jimmy wanted to pursue a law degree, and Bucky, who had started a young family, decided their soldering days were over. As for Sergeant Curtis and Boone, they reenlisted with the Bucktails and became part of the 190th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Will Boone and Curtis overcome the obstacles many soldiers face during the war and be two of the few original Bucktails left to see their new enlistment term all the way through to the end?

The 190th Bucktails: Catchin' Bobby Lee written by William P. Robertson is just one of the author's many Civil War novels. The book introduces readers to the Pennsylvania Bucktails during the end of the Civil War. The author writes in a unique dialog suited for the time period. For example, the use of the words "gol-dang" (God Damn), "jess" (just), "kin" (can), and "bully" (great) are used throughout the text and are meant to represent the slang language often used. By incorporating the dialog of the Civil War era as such, a reader can fully grasp an understanding of each character's lifestyle, habits, and emotions. The historical facts such as the whereabouts of each battle are accurate, even if the characters are fictional. The author provides many intricate maps throughout the book, providing a reader with a timeline of sorts, with the locations and dates, allowing for full comprehension of the geographical location of the Union and Confederate Army in each chapter. The photographs supplied within the book are of both reenactors and original Union soldiers. Having the unique dialog, the detailed maps, and the photos of the soldiers, the author creates a complete understanding of the story plot for his readers.

The 190th Bucktails: Catchin' Bobby Lee is an adventurous, entertaining, and educational tale for both young adolescents and adults to read, learn with, and enjoy. This book can be read on its own to fully grasp the characters' individual personalities and the historical timeline within. It is recommended that the previously published novels in the series are read beforehand. I have read all of William P. Robertson's Bucktail books. I would recommend them all including this one to anyone interested in historical fiction and the Civil War. I absolutely couldn't put them down.

Michelle Robertson - (Jul 27, 2014)


From our first introduction to a young Indian boy's survival, we are drawn to the courage evinced by Bucky and his abiding friendship with his opposite, the minister's son. This book is well-researched creative nonfiction that will delight the reader in its understanding of true friendship and what it was like to live and grow up quickly in Civil War times.

Elizabeth Klungness - Editor and Author


Entertaining fiction...historical accuracy...the kind of work that will lead our younger generation to appreciate the sacrifices of the Civil War and create a desire to continue to preserve our history as they grow and mature. Bravo!

Captain Richard G. Adams - Bucktail Historian


The thing I really like about the Bucktail novel series is that the authors give a real sense of the day-to-day life of the Civil War without lecturing. It'll be an eye-opener for many kids to realize that it wasn't all fighting but lots of sitting around, eating lousy food, and pointless marches.

Gary Miller - PBS Educational Content Developer


As an educator, I see the Bucktail novel series as an excellent teaching tool for middle school social studies. Not only is it readable (very important) and accurate, it also gives the student plenty of everyday details on how the people who fought the war lived...a highly useable and recommended resource.

G. W. Thomas - Canadian Educator, Author, and Editor


I highly recommend this book for all middle schoolers, even those reluctant readers.

Bonnie Forrest - Horseheads, NY English teacher


PERILS is outstanding historical fiction that's both informative and entertaining.

Larry Snyder - Retired Elementary Teacher
The authors' passion and technical expertise shows throughout the Bucktail series. William P. Robertson is himself a Civil War buff and re-enactor, and his enthusiasm shows through his writing and photographs. Robertson does most of his own photography and there are several great photos of fellow re-enactors, which bring the books and time period to life.


The opening of the book is fantastic--I was intrigued by the story from the beginning. I thought the accents and historical details were very effective in evoking the world of the Civil War, while, at the same time, they did not hold back the plot. It's an adventurous and inspirational story, and also an interesting personal spin on the Civil War. I thought the pictures were used to good effect throughout the text. This could be one of those few and far between books that young boys could read for pleasure.

Judge 9 - Judge's Commentary WRITER'S DIGEST 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards (Nov 12, 2007)

I find the book to be well researched and a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and action-oriented prose.
Kevin Coolidge - WELLSBORO GAZETTE (Jul 30, 2008)


Although this novel is a sidebar to the Bucktail series, it remains true in tone and quality. If anything, it is more focused than The Bucktails' Shenandoah March which takes place at the same time. If you like historical accuracy and realistic character development both are here. Once again the battle scenes are intense without being needlessly graphic. A great 3rd novel!


Once again William Robertson and David Rimer have added another action-packed adventure to their amazing series. Rich in history, action, adventure, and personality they have introduced another generation to the era of the Civil War. The book is complete with a bibliography, photos of Civil War reenactors and maps of the Bucktails' routes with dates. Also, they have included information on real life Bucktails, with personal letters, photos, enlistment information, and more. Robertson and Rimer have outdone themselves with their last novel in the series. The Bucktails' Last Call is an adventurous gem of a novel that all should read.

Thank you for the Bucktail novels. It is refreshing to find authors who do not hold the following equation true: young=dumb. With these books you weave stories that entertain my middle age self but I can, and have, recommended them to friends to share with their sons.


Wow. The Bucktails' Last Call is a near flawless conclusion to the wonderful seven book series. Here Bucky Culp, Jimmy Jewett et al continue to be developed at the same time they battle illness, faith issues, growing up, nature, and in very well described action the Confederacy. These are not carbon copies of the same characters first seen in Hayfoot, Strawfoot but more mature slightly darker men those boys became. This development is not limited to the main characters but to all around them. Emotionally, this is the most intense in the series. Sadness, fear, joy will come to you while reading. Also of note are the multi-page historical asides which provide a meter for historical accuracy. Reading this series is worth it if for nothing else but to reach this wonderful book.


Attack in the Alleghenies by William P. Robertson is well-crafted historical fiction set in mid-eighteenth century Pennsylvania. Author Robertson's careful attention to detail would make this book a useful addition to middle school social studies supplemental reading lists, especially in, but not limited to, Pennsylvania schools. The book is easy reading for a young person, and many middle-school-aged boys would find the savage scenes of torture and scalp taking to be fascinating, which might motivate them to take more of an interest in local history. The book should also prove of interest to adult readers with a bent toward this particular setting and historical period.

The novel follows the adventures of Lightnin' Jack Hawkins and his trapper friends, dour Alexander MacDonald, ancient Bearbite Bob Winslow and young Will Cutler and their Indian wives, Little Mink, Gathering Flowers, Bear Woman, and Bright Star, from Hawkins' capture by "rum selling vermin" to his adoption into the Delaware tribe at Kit-Han-Ne to the defeat of the tribe and the death of the charismatic chief, Captain Jacobs, at the Battle of Kittanning (Kit-Han-Ne).

Attack in the Alleghenies is a well-put-together book, illustrated with photographs from French and Indian War reenactments and includes an introduction that clearly delineates the historic events covered by the novel, a bibliography, glossary and a list of characters both fictional and historic.


Attack in the Alleghenies by William P. Robertson and David Rimer is a well written re-enactment of a specific battle in the mid 1700s, during the French/Indian War. Filled with sometimes gory, but accurate accounts of the brutality of this period in American history, the authors' novel gives the reader a clear image of the harshness of early pioneer life.

Attack in the Alleghenies tells the story of three men in particular who, for their own reasons, decide to aid nearby settlers and soldiers in a vicious battle for their very survival against the group of Indians in alliance with French soldiers. The book also touches on the issues of compassion and humanity, told through the experiences and eyes of these three heroes.

The photos dispersed throughout the book, which show modern day re-enactments of attacks in the Alleghenies are great and help provide visual images of the terrifying painted faces of the Indians, the soldiers, and the forest environment.

The ONE thing that threw me off what the book would be about was the cover. To me, though the cover image is great art--it seems too modern, too 'metal', to connect with the story's mid 1700s period of American history.

I rather enjoyed reading Robertson's Attack in the Alleghenies and would love to read more of his books concerning American history.


My grandson loves your Civil War series and now the Ambush & Attack in the Alleghenies books. You can't write them fast enough to keep up with his eagerness to read them. Thanks for keeping a pre-teen reading!

Jean Ann Shields (Feb 1, 2011)


I loved the goriness, humor, and information in your latest book.  I especially enjoyed passages like page 183, "It's like we stood up ta a bully, an' he went an' fetched his bigger brother."  There was one line "I was shaking like a dog crappin' peach stones" that was so funny!  I read the book until it was done.  That's how good it was.  Kudos to you!

Kathy Herzog (Sep 22, 2011)


This Robertson/Rimer work is among the best they have produced, and I've been privileged to have read them all. More than a fictional account of the Civil War, more than a diary of battles, The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th takes you into the camps, through the arduous training, and onto the front lines of brutal battles. You will retch at the filth they endure, feel the pain of their fatigue, and cringe from the horrific battle scenes. Historically accurate tidbits, like how Civil War soldiers dressed in raggedy clothes and how they could tell friend from foe during the heat of battle, are scattered throughout the book. As with earlier Robertson/Rimer adventure tales, The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th is well worth your time and will leave you hungry for more.

Dan Day - (Sep 30, 2011)


This is not a paint by numbers action tale with little or no background. This is a slice of 19th Century life focused on brothers Henry and Willie Cole. This approach acts to intensify the tension and violence of war when it is presented in well written passages. Henry and Willie mature from the night their family's barn burns to the fields of Gettysburg. Because of the high level of historically accurate detail, expect realizing that you had never known/considered a certain fact or viewpoint before.  A good read.

Segapup - (Sep 30, 2011)


The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th tells the story of an actual American Civil War regiment through the experiences of two fictional characters, the brothers Henry and Willie Cole. It combines historical accuracy, real veterans, and period jargon into a highly readable and riveting tale of the unit's contribution during the war. It is an excellent and highly recommended addition to the authors' previous books on the Pennsylvania Bucktails.

Sharon Aaron - (Sep 30, 2011)
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