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Buffalo Bill Cody: Western Legend
     

Buffalo Bill Cody: Western Legend

by Karen Bornemann Spies
 
The life of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody is part of the legend of the American West. This book traces his life from his youth in Kansas, through his careers as a Pony Express rider and military scout, to his creation of the traveling Wild West show. It explores the myths that surround Buffalo Bill as a memorable figure in the development of the western United

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The life of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody is part of the legend of the American West. This book traces his life from his youth in Kansas, through his careers as a Pony Express rider and military scout, to his creation of the traveling Wild West show. It explores the myths that surround Buffalo Bill as a memorable figure in the development of the western United States.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8Spies is at her best when describing the influence of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show on the preservation of buffalo herds and the creation of the mythology of the American cowboy. The biography is full of facts, including information about Cody's friends, why he received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and why it was taken away from him. The book's weakness is in reconciling facts with the author's interpretation of them. Spies states that, "any killing [Cody] did was in self-defense or as part of his job as a guide and a scout" immediately after describing his first killing of a Native American when he was a child in what was clearly not a life-threatening situation. The text presents a vivid description of a Wild West performance but, for all of its attention to detail, there is no mention of a date anywhere in the chapter. Cody led an interesting and colorful life and left his mark in many ways, and this does come through. Excellent full-page period photographs and reproductions appear throughout, and chapter notes give full documentation.Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766010154
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Historical American Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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