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They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok Paperback – 1974
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Joseph G. Rosa, (1932–2015), 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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This is a well-researched text that succeeds in presenting Hickok pretty much as he was – which is to say it does a good job of debunking more than a hundred years of literary applesauce about this interesting and often amazing fellow.
The author leans quite heavily on contemporary correspondence and accounts but has been so thorough in his research that he handily steers the reader through the pro/anti fog to let the reader see a real man. He does, however, occasionally sidestep some of the seamier angles. But it is no “whitewash” to be sure.
A big “plus” is that it gives a splendid look at the many types of people surrounding Hickok and a very engrossing ground-level look at his times
It’s a very good read.
My review was written half the way through and given 2 stars. Upon conclusion, I've upped my rating to a 3. I'd just like fewer details that end with refutations of what was just read. So..some padding. Why throw in episodes that the author has concluded (proven) to be totally false?
Alas, as a 50's child who grew up on classic westerns, I would go soft in any biography of, say, Wyatt Earp. (Or Hugh O'Brien...!!!) Try as I might, I would pre-judge my hero from my youth. No matter. I enjoyed the book immensely if only its details of the old west. The ending was riveting WHEN we learn Wild Bill's brother attended the trial of his brother's killer with a family weapon--presumably to murder him if he was found innocent. again. Also, as has been mentioned, we are hammered with Wild Bill's APPEARANCE. Unfortunately, the author also included pictures of our hero. Hmm. All a mixed bag, but worthwhile. Especially for children of the 50's.