Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

by Tom Clavin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250173799
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 26,441
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note



1. A New England Clan

2. Bloody Kansas

3. Death at Rock Creek Station

4. Behind Enemy Lines

5. The Gunfighter


6. Along the Chisholm Trail

7. Frontier Fame

8. Life of a Frontier Marshal

9. Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill

10. "They Killed Me"

11. The Man-Killer

12. The Two-Fisted Marshal

13. The Streets of Abilene

14. A Three-Ring Romance


15. The Running of the Bulls

16. The Reluctant Thespian

17. The Cheyenne Loafer

18. A Woman Called Calamity

19. A Married Man

20. Deadwood Days

21. The Premonition

22. Dead Man's Hand



Selected Bibliography


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Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter (Signed Book) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DRWWA 24 days ago
I was expecting this to be an in depth, well researched book... It's just a collection of poorly written tall tales. Somehow I managed to get half way through the book before literally tossing it away.
ody 5 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 6 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.