Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter (Signed Book)

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter (Signed Book)

by Tom Clavin

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ISBN-13: 9781250237729
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 524
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

TOM CLAVIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include The Heart of Everything That Is, Halsey’s Typhoon, and Reckless. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY.

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Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter (Signed Book) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ody 3 months ago
I enjoyed this book on Wild Bill Hickok very much as an updated biography. Tom Clavin does a great job of sorting between hype and facts to get to what is more likely in the real story of James Butler Hickok and his exploits. Apparently, there had been a sibling named Bill that hadn’t survived, and James and his brother Lorenzo both were fond of calling themselves ‘Bill’ at times. When James went out on his own away from the family, the name stuck, along with various descriptors like Wild Bill or Shanghai Bill. The book does a good job of telling about his short but exciting and event-filled life as a farmer, gunslinger, and lawman. After serving in the Civil War, Hickok made his way to Springfield, Missouri and was enjoying a spell of gambling. He’d met and become friends for a time with Davis Tutt another gambler, but the friendship soured. .Hickok was in a duel where he shot and killed Tutt in July 1865, displaying his lightning-fast quick-draw set his reputation. Unfortunately, it also made him a target for every wannabe gunslinger in the West who thought he was faster and wanted to prove it
brf1948 4 months ago
this was an excellent biography of James Butler Hickok, an actual exploration of the life of the man without the wild forays into yellow journalism we are more familiar with. I found very interesting the effects of the Pottawatomie Massacre had on the decisions made by the Hickok family concerning their move from Homer, Oklahoma, westward to where land was cheaper and more productive. I liked that many of the facts about the man and his family were garnered from the letters that passed between them, rather than rumor and legend. I have not seen a better picture of this man's life and contributions to the growth of the west. I can highly recommend to friends and family. This was a very good read. I received a free electronic copy of this biography from Netgalley, Tom Clavin, and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.