Written with Lead: America's Most Famous and Notorious Gunfights from the Revolutionary War to Today

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Written with Lead offers a compelling narrative history of twenty-one tragic episodes in American history - all involving firearms, heroes, and the ongoing public fascination with guns and gunfighters. Spotlighting events such as the massacre at Little Bighorn and the bloody ambush of Bonnie and Clyde, and featuring three new essays (including one on the siege at Waco, Texas), William Weir explores the history, culture, and mythology of guns in surprising and unpredictable ways....
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Overview

Written with Lead offers a compelling narrative history of twenty-one tragic episodes in American history - all involving firearms, heroes, and the ongoing public fascination with guns and gunfighters. Spotlighting events such as the massacre at Little Bighorn and the bloody ambush of Bonnie and Clyde, and featuring three new essays (including one on the siege at Waco, Texas), William Weir explores the history, culture, and mythology of guns in surprising and unpredictable ways.
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This updated edition of the 1992 original now offers 21 famous and infamous historical incidents involving mass deaths through firearms, ranging from the battle of Little Big Horn and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre to the Columbine shootings and District of Columbia sniper murders. Weir's goal is to separate the facts from the myth surrounding many of these widely known incidents. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
New Gun Week
Well-researched and thorough.
Baltimore Sun - Michael Pakenham
Weir writes well and clearly. The tales are the stuff of high drama and shoot-'em-up movies - American mythology. For those with a taste for such stuff, it's a lovely, informative read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760790694
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 1/6/2007
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

William Weir, author of Fatal Victories, lives in Guilford, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Cooper Square Press Edition
Foreword: American Myths
The Age of Revolution
1 One Scalp and Three Shots Change the World 3
2 Interview in Weehawken, Mystery in the West 14
3 "Remember the Alamo!" 36
Expansion and Growing Pains - The Indians
4 Long Shot 53
5 Last Stand 64
Expansion and Growing Pains - The Gunfighters
6 "Get Your Guns, Boys!" 85
7 A Shot in the Dark 92
8 Nothing Okay at the O.K. Corral 109
Expansion and Growing Pains - Little Wars
9 New Year's Party 129
10 The War on Powder River 142
Time Warp
11 "The Most Remarkable Man-Hunt" 159
12 "Viva Villa!" 171
13 One-Man Army 188
Prohibition, Depression, and Interstate Crime
14 Valentine Present 199
15 Hello, Young Lovers 211
16 A Night at the Movies 229
17 Dutch Treat 249
18 The Friends of Specks O'Keefe 262
Law and Disorder
19 Showtime! 277
20 Gothic Tale 294
21 The Low Cost of Terror 309
Notes 319
Bibliography 339
Index 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    To one sided.

    The author does a poor job of telling both sides of the story of these legendary gun fights. It is clear that he has another agenda then a historical interpretation. There are many different accounts of how these gunfights went down and it is not enough to simply to the tell the story that fits with his agenda.

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    Posted January 9, 2009

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