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The Oil Prince by Karl Friedrich May, Herbert Windolf (Translator) (Washington State University Press) Albert Einstein once said, “Most travel books I’ve read bored me, but never a Karl May book.”

For nearly a century, Karl May (1842—1912), the most-read German author of all time, enflamed the imagination of European audiences with his action-packed “travel” tales of the American West. His most famous protagonists in these novels were “Old Shatterhand,” an incompara­ble German-born frontiersman, and his noble and equally adept Apache blood brother, JChief Winnetou. In The Oil Prince (Der Olprinz) May created another multicultural adventure full of excitement, villainy, and courage—sprinkled throughout with a Germanic twinkle of comic relief.

Translated from the German by Herbert Windolf, a native of Wiesbaden, Germany, currently residing in Prescott, Arizona, this volume continues the exploits of Old Shatterhand and his frontier friends. The story is set in the late 1860s in Old Arizona where danger abounds and where survival is dependent on having the fastest draw and the sharpest wits.

The Oil Prince is suitable reading for young teenagers through adults, and introduces new enthusiasts to the heroism and adventure of 1860s Arizona . The courageous blood brothers are joined by a wise but comical Yankee, Indian tribes on the warpath, ruthless outlaws, a naïve band of German immigrants, a dangerous crook, and a gullible banker. In this unabridged, beautifully illustrated and engaging saga, a gang of bandits stalk a wagon train, and a treacherous con artist attempts to dupe a banker into purchasing a counterfeit oil reserve. Danger abounds and survival depends on having the fastest draw and the sharpest wits.

Rarely out of print since it was first published as a book in 1897, The Oil Prince is a lively companion piece to Winnetou, the first book in the series.

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