Draw: The Greatest Gunfights of the American West

Draw: The Greatest Gunfights of the American West

by James Reasoner
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Draw: The Greatest Gunfights of the American West

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900425191933
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Man to Man
1.Luke Short's White Elephant Shoot-out3
2.End of an Earp19
3.Doc's Last Gunfight27
4.The Long Branch Saloon's Spectacular Fray35
5.Shoot-out at the Tuttle Dance Hall40
6.Levy, the Underrated Gunfighter47
7.The Capture of "Blackface Charley" Bryant53
Part 2Gangs
1.Battle for the County Seat63
2.The Last Dalton Raid72
3.Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza84
4.The Younger Brothers-Pinkertons Shoot-out93
5.The Sam Bass Gang's Luck Runs Out101
Part 3Posses
1.Diablo Canyon Trackdown121
2.California's Most Wanted Outlaw129
3.Gunfight at Stone Corral135
4.The Doolin Bunch vs. the U.S. Marshals148
Part 4Holdups
1.Bungled Bank Robbery161
2.The Capture of "Black Jack" Ketchum167
3.The Bank-Robbin'est Outlaw in America176
4.Express Company Fraud187
Part 5Backshooters
1.The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Jesse James195
2.Make Sure Your Man Is Dead!203
3.Pat Garrett's Mysterious Death212
4.The End of the Notorious John Wesley Hardin224
5.Ben Thompson and the Vaudeville Ambush237
Part 6Gunfighting Mishaps and Misfortunes
1.That Wasn't Clay Allison249
2.Wild Bill's Tragic Mistake256
3.Rourke's Bad Luck Robbery266
4.Wichita's New Year's Day Gunfight273
5.Miller and Frazer, Fighting Again282
6.Bullet to Bullet291

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Draw: The Greatest Gunfights of the American West 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an oustanding book with great information.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.