The Gunfighter: Man Or Myth?

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University of Oklahoma Press, Oct 1, 1979 - History - 246 pages
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The gunfighter was a man bred in a lawless and violent era of civil war, range wars, and greed for land and gold. He played a real and deadly part in a period when men were conditioned to settle differences with gunplay. He shot and fought and killed throughout Texas in its struggle with Mexico, along the Kansas-Missouri border, and up and down the cattle trails. Black powder smoke from his guns darkened the Kansas cow towns and the Far West mining camps. 

What part of the gunfighter legend is true, and what part a novelist's or screenwriter's fantasy? What has been the gunfighter's influence on American society-and. for that matter, on world society? For there is no doubt that the shoot-‘em-up gun-totin’ hero of the early West is a figure of interest and sympathy to people all over the world.

Well documented and rich with illustrations of gunfights and gunmen, this book is a real find for "gunfighter buffs," as well as for all readers interested in knowing what the wild West was really like.

  

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Contents

The Gunfighter Legend
5
The Wild West
13
Frontier Origins
29
The Bad Man
40
The Lawman
55
Cowboys and Cowtowns
65
Policing the Cowtowns
84
The ManKillers
111
THE PISTOLEER
165
SixShooter Rivals
167
The Dead Shot
179
The Cult of the SixShooter
189
Bullets and Holsters 21
205
The Legend Lives On
209
Bibliography
212
Index
221

The Man
155

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About the author (1979)

Joseph G. Rosa , who makes his home in Ruislip, Middlesex, England, is the author of the definitive biography of Wild Bill Hickok, They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok , as well as The Gunfighter: Man or Myth? And (with Waldo E. Koop) Rowdy Joe Lowe: Gambler with a Gun , all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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