Draw: The Greatest Gunfights of the American West

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Praised for his "well-researched" (Booklist) and "lively, suspenseful" (Publishers Weekly) novels, James Reasoner now proves that truth can be even more exciting than fiction. Known for his ability to make history come vividly to life, Reasoner strips away the dime-store legends and Hollywood myths to show us how the gunfighters of the Old West really lived, killed -- and were killed.

These are the shoot-outs and showdowns that gave the Wild West its name...recounted here with ...

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Overview

Praised for his "well-researched" (Booklist) and "lively, suspenseful" (Publishers Weekly) novels, James Reasoner now proves that truth can be even more exciting than fiction. Known for his ability to make history come vividly to life, Reasoner strips away the dime-store legends and Hollywood myths to show us how the gunfighters of the Old West really lived, killed -- and were killed.

These are the shoot-outs and showdowns that gave the Wild West its name...recounted here with gritty accuracy, colorful detail, and all the drama of life -- and death -- on the frontier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425191934
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 363,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

James Reasoner has been a professional writer for over a quarter of a century and has authored more than 140 novels in a variety of genres. His most recent books are the Civil War Battles series published by Cumberland House and The Last Good War (a World War II series) from Forge Books. He lives with his wife, award-winning mystery novelist L.J. Washburn.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Man to Man
1 Luke Short's White Elephant Shoot-out 3
2 End of an Earp 19
3 Doc's Last Gunfight 27
4 The Long Branch Saloon's Spectacular Fray 35
5 Shoot-out at the Tuttle Dance Hall 40
6 Levy, the Underrated Gunfighter 47
7 The Capture of "Blackface Charley" Bryant 53
Pt. 2 Gangs
1 Battle for the County Seat 63
2 The Last Dalton Raid 72
3 Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza 84
4 The Younger Brothers-Pinkertons Shoot-out 93
5 The Sam Bass Gang's Luck Runs Out 101
Pt. 3 Posses
1 Diablo Canyon Trackdown 121
2 California's Most Wanted Outlaw 129
3 Gunfight at Stone Corral 135
4 The Doolin Bunch vs. the U.S. Marshals 148
Pt. 4 Holdups
1 Bungled Bank Robbery 161
2 The Capture of "Black Jack" Ketchum 167
3 The Bank-Robbin'est Outlaw in America 176
4 Express Company Fraud 187
Pt. 5 Backshooters
1 The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Jesse James 195
2 Make Sure Your Man Is Dead! 203
3 Pat Garrett's Mysterious Death 212
4 The End of the Notorious John Wesley Hardin 224
5 Ben Thompson and the Vaudeville Ambush 237
Pt. 6 Gunfighting Mishaps and Misfortunes
1 That Wasn't Clay Allison 249
2 Wild Bill's Tragic Mistake 256
3 Rourke's Bad Luck Robbery 266
4 Wichita's New Year's Day Gunfight 273
5 Miller and Frazer, Fighting Again 282
6 Bullet to Bullet 291
Bibliography 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    this book sucks

    before one wastes their money on this book, they should read the reviews in the book. 'Epic, well-researched historical FICTION.' (all caps mine) from Booklist. 'A detailed work of historical FICTION by a gifted writer' (caps mine) from the Book Watch. His chapter on Doc Holliday is so filled with errors, the only way that research was done is that the author watched every Hollywood movie made about Doc. I counted 11 egrigious errors in this chapter alone and stopped reading the book. If you want fiction and repeated stories of alleged incidents, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    A Fascinating History of the Old West

    James Reasoner writes his first work of non-fiction, and he does it admirably. DRAW is a thoroughly researched study of many of the gunfights and gunfighters of the American West. The book contains many little-known facts about these men (and women) and these events. It is a well-written, fast-paced work, and a must read for any student of the American West. The reader should note, to avoid confusion, the excerpts from reviews of Mr. Reasoner's work contained in the front of DRAW, complimenting his fiction, refer to his PREVIOUS novels, and not to DRAW. DRAW is a work of non-fiction.

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