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The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill: Forts, Fights & Other Sites Paperback – February 1, 2014
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"Independent historian Jeff Barnes acts as tour guide, docent, and storyteller throughout the volume, keeping his prose lively with an eclectic mix of history and myth...Whether recounting the legends of Buffalo Bill or debunking them, this guide offers a sensible and entertaining approach to discovering Great Plains history." (Kansas History magazine 2014-09-01)
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I bought this book so I could travel to as many sites frequented by Wm. F. Cody as possible in as short a time as I can.
Before I forget, what got me interested in historical travel was a great book, First Scalp for Custer by Paul Hedren. That is another nice point with this tome...the author acknowledges help and a great friendship with Paul Hedren following assistance freely given by his new friend. Nice touch by Jeff Barnes.
I would give 7 stars to The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill: Forts, Figts, & Other Sites, as this is absolutely a must-have for any traveler wanting to visit haunts of America's first superstar showman.
The book is nicely laid out and follows along with Cody's life from his boyhood in Iowa and Kansas to his later more famous stints as a hunter, scout, cattle rancher, and eventually world famous entertainer. You'll learn not only about Cody's own adventures but the other great figures in western lore he came in contact with like George Custer, Sitting Bull, Kit Carson and even that "other Bill" his friend "Wild" Bill Hickock.
This is the third book by Jeff Barnes that I've read and he always does an excellent job of providing solid facts about his subject. In this book Barnes has gone out of his way to separate the truths about Cody from the many myths and dime novel serializations that helped create his legend. Cody fans will find not only the more famous, or perhaps infamous, stories here, like the fight with the Indian Warrior known as Yellow Hair, but will probably discover an anecdote or two that they didn't know like the whole story behind the founding of the town of Cody, Wyoming, the creation of Cody's famous touring show, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West," and even the stormy relationship between Cody and his wife.
Highly recommended! I've already bought two more and mailed them to friends as gifts. Like all of Jeff Barnes' similar books you can really sense the author's own interest in the subject.Read more ›