Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West / Edition 2

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Overview

Think gunfighter, and Wyatt Earp or Billy the Kid may come to mind, but what of Jim Moon? Joel Fowler? Zack Light? A host of other figures helped forge the gunfighter persona, but their stories have been lost to time. In a sequel to his Deadly Dozen, celebrated western historian Robert K. DeArment now offers more biographical portraits of lesser-known gunfighters—men who perhaps weren’t glorified in legend or song, but who were rightfully notorious in their day.

DeArment has tracked down stories of gunmen from throughout the West—characters you won’t find in any of today’s western history encyclopedias but whose careers are colorfully described here. Photos of the men and telling quotations from primary sources make these characters come alive.

In giving these men their due, DeArment takes readers back to the gunfighter culture spawned in part by the upheavals of the Civil War, to a time when deadly duels were part of the social fabric of frontier towns and the Code of the West was real. His vignettes offer telling insights into conditions on the frontier that created the gunfighters of legend.

These overlooked shooters never won national headlines but made their own contributions to the blood and thunder of the Old West: people less than legends, but all the more fascinating because they were real. Readers who enjoyed DeArment’s Deadly Dozen will find this book equally captivating—as gripping as a showdown, twelve times over.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806138633
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 677,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. DeArment is a University of Toledo, Ohio, graduate whose special field of interest is nineteenth-century American history with special emphasis on outlaws and law enforcement in the frontier West. He is the author of Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Very interesting insight into the "real" things that happened in the old west.

    We were happy to find some of the stories that had been passed down from my great grandfather were actually true. We also enjoyed the other stories in the book. We bought books for our 3 grown sons too, so that they can pass these stories on to their kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    I want all the volumes available on Nook.

    I had a very hard time putting it down. Please make all the volumes Nook accessible.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    A lot of fun, a real page turner!

    A lot of fun, a real page turner! I enjoyed this volume and I hope every volume is available in e-book format for my Nook.

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