By Jay Robert Nash
Contrary to renowned fantasy, the Wild West was once now not a glamorous land the place chivalry and braveness have been the customized and a guy died together with his boots on. It was once a land of excellent hardships—brutal climate, starvation and ailment, and the consistent hazard of violent dying. every body carried a six-shooter, neutrality was once most unlikely, and violence unavoidable; lawmen and shooter, neutrality was once very unlikely, and violence unavoidable; lawmen and outlaws lived part via part, and sometimes there has been no telling one from the opposite. Into this land got here pioneers lured via can provide of significant fortunes, ex-Confederate squaddies embittered via the result of the battle, grasping farm animals barons, and service provider princes. It used to be really an explosive mixture.
Included during this quantity are the entire nice Western legends—Billy the child, Jesse and Frank James, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance child, Wyatt Earp, document Holliday, pass judgement on Roy Bean, "Wild invoice Hickock—and a number of lesser-known figures who, even though they could have overlooked notoriety, have been both deadly. as well as alphabetical listings, it deals glossaries directory the lawmen and outlaws for fast reference, a superb photograph and representation appendix, and an intensive bibliography of books at the American West.
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