Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West, Vol. 2

Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West, Vol. 2

by Robert K. DeArment
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Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West, Vol. 2 by Robert K. DeArment

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806184746
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 509,756
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Robert K. DeArment is a University of Toledo, Ohio, graduate whose 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, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
43california More than 1 year ago
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.
mysteries281 More than 1 year ago
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.