Rooster: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn, the Man Who Inspired True Grit [NOOK Book]

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The True Story Behind True Grit

Immortalized in the classic novel and films, the real "Rooster" Cogburn was as bold, brash, and bigger-than-life as the American West itself. Now, in this page-turning account, Cogburn's great-great-grandson reveals the truth behind the fiction--and the man behind the myth. . .

He was born in 1866 in Fancy Hill, Arkansas, the descendant of pioneers and moonshiners. Six foot three, dark eyed, and a dead shot with ...

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Rooster: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn, the Man Who Inspired True Grit

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Overview

The True Story Behind True Grit

Immortalized in the classic novel and films, the real "Rooster" Cogburn was as bold, brash, and bigger-than-life as the American West itself. Now, in this page-turning account, Cogburn's great-great-grandson reveals the truth behind the fiction--and the man behind the myth. . .

He was born in 1866 in Fancy Hill, Arkansas, the descendant of pioneers and moonshiners. Six foot three, dark eyed, and a dead shot with a rifle, Franklin "Rooster" Cogburn was as hard as the rocky mountain ground his family settled. The only authority the Cogburn clan recognized was God and a gun. And though he never packed a badge, Rooster meted out his own brand of justice--taking on a posse of U.S. deputy marshals in a blazing showdown of gunfire and blood. Now a wanted man, with a $500 reward on his head, Rooster would ultimately have to defend himself before a hanging judge. Proud, stubborn, fearless, and ornery to the bitter end.

A fascinating portrait of a true American icon, Rooster shows us the making of a legend--fashioned by Arkansas newspaperman Charles Portis with bits and pieces of historical figures, including Deputy Reuben M. Fry, one-eyed Deputy Marshal Cal Whitson, Joseph Peppers (Lucky Ned), Joseph Spurling (Mattie Ross's grandfather) and bank robber Frank Chaney (scar-faced Tom Chaney.) Behind it all stood a man named "Rooster," with two good eyes and a tale all his own.

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Some folks are just born to tell tall tales. Brett Cogburn was reared in Texas and the mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma. He was fortunate enough for many years to make his living from the back of a horse, where on cold mornings cowboys still straddled frisky broncs and dragged calves to the branding fire on the end of a rope from their saddlehorns. Growing up around ranches, livestock auctions, and backwoods hunting camps filled Brett's head with stories, and he never forgot a one. In his own words: "My grandfather taught me to ride a bucking horse, my mother gave me a love of reading, and my father taught me how to hunt my own meat and shoot straight. Cowboys are just as wild as they ever were, and I've been damn lucky to have known more than a few." The West is still teaching him how to write. His first novel, Panhandle, will be published in November 2012. Brett Cogburn lives in Oklahoma with his family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758279873
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 159,407
  • File size: 770 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Blood Feud 1

2 The Cogburns 8

3 Parker's Boys 15

4 Man of the Times 29

5 Vengeance and Lead 52

6 The Slow Wheels of Justice 59

7 The Tennessee Lady 68

8 Murderers Row 83

9 United States vs. Franklin Cogburn 95

10 Four Walls and Steel Bars 103

11 Going Straight 108

12 Over the Mountain 120

13 More Than a Little True Grit 126

Afterword 136

Notes and References 139

Beyond True Grit 159

Index 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Great book.

    I loved the book. But of course I am from SE Oklahoma. The references to many of the places had a lot of meaning to me. The book made me miss home. I could identify with some of the names. The book was very intriguing. It had me thinking that when I turn the page the author will be talking about one of my relatives next. I will definetley read it again!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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