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




      Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the 1 New York Timesbestselling author of Dodge City.In July 1865, Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO the first quick draw duel on the frontier Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West.James Butler Hickock was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor He crossed paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi.Wild Bill also fell in love multiple times before marrying the true love of his life, Agnes Lake, the impresario of a traveling circus He would be buried however, next to fabled frontierswoman Calamity Jane.Even before his death, Wild Bill became a legend, with fiction sometimes supplanting fact in the stories that surfaced Once, in a bar in Nebraska, he was confronted by four men, three of whom he killed in the ensuing gunfight A famous Harper s Magazine article credited Hickok with slaying 10 men that day by the 1870s, his career long kill count was up to 100.The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickock fully to life in this rip roaring, spellbinding true story. Free Download [ Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter ] author [ Tom Clavin ] – heartforum.co.uk

Tom Clavin is the author coauthor of eleven books His most recent is That Old Black Magic Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and the Golden Age of Las Vegas.His articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Men s Journal, Parade, Reader s Digest, and others.He was a contributing reporter for the New York Times for fifteen years.


      Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
 By Tom Clavin IBN : 1250173795 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
  • Tom Clavin
  • 26 November 2018
  • 1250173795

10 thoughts on “ Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

  1. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Tall, lithe, and free in every motion, he rode and walked as if every muscle was perfection, and the careless swing of his body as he moved seemed perfectly in keeping with the man, the country, the time in which he lived I do not recall anything finer in the way of physical perfection than Wild Bill when he swung himself lightly from his saddle, and with graceful, swaying step, squarely set his shoulders and well poised head, approached our tent for orders Elizabeth Libby Custer Libby Tall, lithe, and free in every ...

  2. Paul Falk says:

    Armed with contributing facts and figures based on countless hours of research, the author helped clearly debunk many of the outrageous myths that surrounded the larger than life figure, James Butler Hickok, the notorious, Wild Bill Easy to follow, the main character became well drawn as the storyline moved, chronologically, through his daring adventures Springingto life with every passing page, engrossing details were presented that added luster to his already admired persona One fact, Armed with contributing facts and figures based on countless hours of research, the author helped clearly debunk many of the outrageo...

  3. Valerity (Val) says:

    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 islikely 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 o 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 islikely 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 ...

  4. Juli says:

    The Old West generated many tall tales about legendary charactersWyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Kit Carsonall larger than life Their stories are a mix of truth and exaggerationand I love every single tale But my favorite by far is Wild Bill Hickok Lawman Gunfighter Gambler Showman He did it all And his legendary death at a card table just made his storyspectacular.I read Tom Clavin s bestselling book on Dodge City when it came out And loved it When I saw he was writing a book The Old West generated many tall tales about legendary charactersWyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Kit Carsonall larger than life Their stories are a mix of truth and exaggerationand I love every single tale But my favorite by far is Wild Bill Hickok Lawman Gunfighter Gambler Showman He did it all And his legendary death at a card table just made his storyspectacular.I read Tom Clavin s bestselling book on Dodge City when it came out And loved it When I saw he was writing a book on Wild Bill, I knew I had to read it The true story.the real Wild Bill.James Butler Hickok Yay I read this book a lit...

  5. Bam says:

    3 3.5 stars A few years back, I saw a one man performance by Walt Willey entitled Wild Bill An Evening with John Butler Hickok and learned that Hickok was born and raised in Troy Grove, IL in LaSalle County, not far from where we are currently living Walt Willey himself is from nearby Ottawa, IL Troy Grove is still a small rural town but shows its pride in its most famous son with a memorial He was born i 3 3.5 stars A few years back, I saw a one man performance by Walt Willey entitled Wild Bill An Evening with John Butler Hickok and learned that Hickok was born and raised in Troy Grove, IL in LaSalle County, not far from where we are currently living Walt Willey himself is from nearby Ottawa, IL Troy Grove is still a small rural town but shows its pride in its most famous son with a memorial He was born in 1837 and died in 1876 so his lifespan is an interesting slice of American history, encompassing the Civil War and explorations into the west He was a frontier plainsman in every sense of the word and got the reputation of a gunslinger, quick on the trigger Apicturesque sight than Hickok on horseback could not be imagined This biography was well researched and written with an eye to...

  6. Carolyn McBride says:

    This was a fascinating book that I enjoyedthan I expected I learned quite a lot, both about Wild Bill, his peers and the geography whose borders shifted with the politics of the day It s a great read for any Western history buff

  7. Chris Wolak says:

    Tom Clavin delivers a good yarn about a man so covered in legend and tall tales I m surprised this book isn t 500 pages long This was a quick, entertaining read about the man and his times.Read my review here

  8. Susan Paxton says:

    A great biography of one of the iconic figures of the American West Tom Clavin found his job was made harder by the fact that mythologizing James Butler Hickok started during the man s own lifetime, with a good deal of help from Wild Bill himself Fascinating characters weave in and out, some expected Buffalo Bill Cody, George Custer others less so Henry Morton Stanley Wild Bill, I presume Clavin is a good, solid researcher with a nose for accuracy, so he carefully unpicks the legend A great biography of one of the iconic figures of the American West Tom Clavin found his job was made harder by the fact that mythologizing James Butler Hickok started during the man s...

  9. Julia Simpson-Urrutia says:

    Not since Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser have I read a book on the Old West that grips me as much as Wild Bill by Tom Clavin Wild Bill whose real name was James is a historical character whose story is fascinating and ultimately tragic in much the same way as Princess Diana s For one thing, it is impossible not to like Bill Hickok He was too chivalrous not to like, even love, as so many men and women seem to have, both close up and at a distance Hickok favored justice and the underdog H Not since Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser have I read a book on the Old West that grips me as much as Wild Bill by Tom Clavin Wild Bill whose real name was James is a historical character whose story is fascinating and ultimately tragic in much the same way as Princess Diana s For one thing, it is impossible not to like Bill Hickok He was too chivalrous not to like, even love, as so many men and women seem to have, both close up and at a distance Hickok favored justice and the underdog He cared about those in need of help Hickok was astonishing for his courage and God s grace upon him during the Civil War Advice Read slowly Your jaw will drop Clavin s measured and analytical without being negative approach to this biography makes reading it a joy It seems he wisely wants to avoid the fate of Nichols, the journalist who wrote the 1867 piece in Harper s New Mo...

  10. Marianne says:

    Growing up in a town where James Butler Hickock had been sheriff, I grew up with his legend His legend, as well as Bill Cody who slaughtered the buffalo for the expansion of the railroads and General George Custer who was in charge of the fort just south of town Around the same period, my grandmother and her family traveled in a wagon train to homestead just north of town It was fascinating to read the history of the establishment of the town and to get a glimpse of what life must have been l Growing up in a town where James Butler Hickock had been sheriff, I grew up with his legend His legend, as well as Bill Cody who slaughtered the buffalo for the expansion of the railroads and General George Custer who was in charge of the fort just south of town Around the same period, my grandmother and her family traveled in a wagon train to homestead just north of town It was fascinating to read the history of the establishment of the town and to get a glimpse of what...

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