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The Icons of the Wild West: Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

  • Includes pictures of important people, places, and events.
  • Discusses the legendary deaths of Wild Bill, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Butch Cassidy.
  • Discusses the myths and legends surrounding their lives and legacies.
  • Includes a Table of Contents.

Space may be the final frontier, but no frontier has ever captured the American imagination like the "Wild West", which still evokes images of dusty cowboys, outlaws, gunfights, gamblers, and barroom brawls over 100 years after the West was settled. A constant fixture in American pop culture, the 19th century American West continues to be vividly and colorful portrayed not just as a place but as a state of mind.

Among the cowboys and outlaws, the 6 most famous men included those (mostly) on the side of the law (Wild Bill, Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday), and the era's most famous outlaws (Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy). Though they were on two sides of the law, many of them had things in common:

Of all the colorful characters that inhabited the West during the 19th century, the most famous of them all is Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), who has long been regarded as the embodiment of the Wild West. Considered the "toughest and deadliest gunman of his day", Earp symbolized the swagger, the heroism, and even the lawlessness of the West, notorious for being a law enforcer, gambler, saloon keeper, and vigilante.

Wild Bill Hickok headed west as a fugitive of justice, yet that didn't prevent him from becoming a frontier lawman in Kansas, like Wyatt Earp. Hickok also became well known in the West for being a professional gambler and a remarkably quick draw who proved quite deadly in shootouts, like Doc Holliday. When he was killed while playing poker in the mining South Dakotan outpost of Deadwood, he put Deadwood on the map and ensured both his place and his poker hand's place in legend.

The man who has earned an enduring legacy as the region's quirkiest is John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851-1887), a dentist turned professional gambler who was widely recognized as one of the fastest draws in the West. In fact, the only thing that might have been faster than the deadly gunman's draw was his violent temper, which was easily set off when Holliday was drunk. By the early 1880s, Holliday had been arrested nearly 20 times.

Holliday's quirks and sense of humor made him much like Billy the Kid, who had a bullet and a wisecrack for every man he killed. Billy's notoriety only grew when exaggerated accounts of his actions in Lincoln County eventually earned The Kid a bounty on his head. There was plenty of gunplay in the outlaw's life to help him become a well known if not celebrated figure in the West, but the legendary and controversial nature of his death has also helped him endure.

The two best known robbers of the Wild West were Jesse James and Butch Cassidy. Like Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James was a celebrity during his life. However, while Hickok was (mostly) a lawman, Jesse James was and remains the most famous outlaw of the Wild West, with both his life of crime and his death remaining pop culture fixtures. Alongside Jesse James, Butch Cassidy is one of the most notorious outlaws of the west. Though he is commonly associated with the Sundance Kid, the duo had a full-fledged gang known as the Wild Bunch conducting robberies in the Southwest, and they became legendary for their shootouts and their escapes from the law. Like Jesse James, his mysterious death and conspiracy theories that he survived continue to linger.

The Icons of the Wild West chronicles the amazing lives and legacies of all 6 Western legends and discusses the facts and legends that continue to make them household names. Along with pictures, you will learn about the Icons of the Wild West like you never have before.


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  • File Size: 3671 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009REPE88
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad overview.. has some errors however January 8, 2013
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This is a decent overview of some of the West's more colorful participants. Obviously each chapter doesn't go into great detail, so you pretty much get information that is mostly well known and written about. My only problem is there are some errors in historical facts and that it appears some personal opinion is inserted instead of letting history speak.

An example is in the chapter on Jesse James, the writer talks about the August 1863 massacre of 200 men and boys in Lawrence, Missouri. That would have been Lawrence, KANSAS, not Missouri.

There are unfortunately very few primary source referrences and most data is culled from other writings on the subject matter.

Again, good book for a brief overview or a primer for those with no knowledge of this volatile period in American history, but certainly not to be a used as a referrence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Judgement Daze February 10, 2013
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I am an Old West junkie. This book has some pictures I've never seen before and it does a technically accurate bullet point accounting of the events surrounding these peoples lives. If that is what you want, that is what you get. It doesn't have the feel or flavor of the Old West though. You won't feel like you are actually in tombstone as in "The Last Gunfight" and no flesh is put on the bones of any of the characters. I've read a more colorful description of James Butler Hickok in an encyclopedia. There also seems to be a deliberate avoidance of humor. Maybe it was felt those stories had less credibility. But worst of all, the authors sit in judgement on the men they write about. One cannot judge fairly the men of the 19th Century West by 21st Century standards, particularly with a full stomach from a safe, air conditioned office. Morality is a luxury that wasn't always affordable on the frontier. And these authors were more into passing judgement than explaining motivations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars icons of wild west December 7, 2012
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this book provides a great look into the history of some of our most famous cowboys. an excellent documentory of our history
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The old west revisited November 30, 2012
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I have always loved the time period of the "old west".I found this book to be very informative and extremely entertaining.The thing I enjoyed the most is how the authors went beyond the myth and explored the true lives of
these American legends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book January 8, 2013
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This is an amazing fountain of information. well written and interesting.I definitely believe the accuracy of the book. Loved every minute of reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We can use some more spirited icons these days January 20, 2014
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I'm about to do some writing of my own about nature and the American tradition. I'm rather disappointed with trivialization of American version of fame and fortune. Wake up, America and smell the coffee!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Icons of the West April 22, 2013
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Very nice read. Entertaining and fun. Truthful, believable and compelling. Nice break. Like fiction but true. Breeze right through it and no remorse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 9, 2013
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Perfect amount of information. Gives a lot of information but doesn't indulge in unnecessary details. Informative, but also concise. Very enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This was an interesting book and I learned several things I didn't know about some of the people in it. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the wild west. Read more
Published 16 months ago by suebee
1.0 out of 5 stars wait for the movie
lame accounting of western folklore stars, the format is photocopied pages from what i imagine to be an old paperback. Read more
Published 16 months ago by walt b
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Lots of interesting facts and clarifications of folk tales that to me where previously unknown. The layout of the book was different from anything I have previously encountered,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by JD
3.0 out of 5 stars Icons of the Wild West Review
Good, quick reading for a person on the go. I found little continuity in the book. I read it and put it aside.
Published 17 months ago by gunner
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read for the western fan
A summary if you read a lot of history . Good well balanced accounts. Recommend! Five more words required _ Damon!
Published 17 months ago by John Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Outlaw blues
This book is a historical rendering of the famous outlaws of the West. Their true histories, fact based and meticulously researched. Fun, but reads more like a text book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tiger
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stories of old west legends
Excellent and detailed book on the legends of the wild west. Both lawmen and outlaws alike made their mark in the history of the old west.
Published 18 months ago by Steve Brendel
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts vs Fantasy
Enjoyed the book. Good facts presented. Would like to read more books like this one. You could get the feel of each person's character.
Published 18 months ago by Terry F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy
Very interesting book. This can be read in one night but even more importantly it's a good read. And PBS is doing American Experience on Billy the Kid so I wanted more knowledge... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Major385
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