Synopses & Reviews
The gunfighter was a man bred in a lawless and violent era of civil war, range wars, and greed for land and gold. He played a real and deadly part in a period when men were conditioned to settle differences with gunplay. He shot and fought and killed throughout Texas in its struggle with Mexico, along the Kansas-Missouri border, and up and down the cattle trails. Black powder
smoke from his guns darkened the Kansas cow towns and the Far West mining camps.
What part of the gunfighter legend is true, and what part a novelist's or screenwriter's fantasy? What has been the gunfighter's influence on American society and, for that matter, on world society? For there is no doubt that the shoot-'em-up gun-totin' hero of the early West is a figure of interest and sympathy to people all over the world.
Well documented and rich with illustrations of gunfights and gunmen, this book is a real find for "gunfighter buffs," as well as for all readers interested in knowing what the wild West was really like.
About the Author
Joseph G. Rosa, 1979 winner of the Edgar Langsdorf Award for Excellence in Writing, makes his home in Ruislip, Middlesex, England, where he is an officer in the English Westerners' Society. He is the author of They Called Him Wild Bill and The West of Wild Bill Hickok, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. He began writing on American Western themes in the belief that his detachment from local influences in the United States might permit more accurate assessments of the Wild West era.