Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier.

By W B (Bat) Masterson

Printed: 2022

Publisher: Dover Publishications. New York

Dimensions 14 × 22 × 0.5 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 14 x 22 x 0.5

Condition: As new  (See explanation of ratings)

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First published as magazine articles in 1907, Bat Masterson’s illustrated collection of mini-biographies reveals fascinating details about legendary gunslingers Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Luke Short, Bill Tilghman, Ben Thompson, and others. These colorful tales of history and adventure paint a vivid portrait of the Old West, a world of sharpshooters, cattle rustlers, and Dodge City justice.

Review: Who could be a better choice to look back on the gunfighters of the Old West than one of their number who had actually managed to survive the others – “Bat” Masterson himself. He had had a career as Buffalo Hunter, Peace Officer, professional Gambler & inhabitant of notorious places like Dodge City & Leadville. Retired now, a journalist & sports correspondent, he was able to reveal his judgements without fear or favour. This slim volume is made up from his famous articles in “Human Life” on the greats of the Gunfighter era & might surprise you if you didn’t know it beforehand. I suspect that he is biased in favour of his particular friends, but still, you have to respect the judgement of a man who knew his subjects personally in their heydays.

Bat Masterson was a legendary lawman, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, and newspaper columnist, who became sheriff of Ford County, Kansas. His territory, headquartered in Dodge City, ran approximately 300 miles east to west and north to south. A friend of Teddy Roosevelt, Masterson lived through life-and-death dramas only seen in movies and on TV shows such as Gunsmoke.

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