Traces the life of the legendary frontiersman, from his childhood in the Kansas Territory, through his years of adventure as military scout, Pony Express rider, and buffalo hunter, to his creation of his Wild West Show.
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Gr 4-8--Spies is at her best when describing the influence of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show on the preservation of buffalo herds and the creation of the mythology of the American cowboy. The biography is full of facts, including information about Cody's friends, why he received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and why it was taken away from him. The book's weakness is in reconciling facts with the author's interpretation of them. Spies states that, "any killing [Cody] did was in self-defense or as part of his job as a guide and a scout" immediately after describing his first killing of a Native American when he was a child in what was clearly not a life-threatening situation. The text presents a vivid description of a Wild West performance but, for all of its attention to detail, there is no mention of a date anywhere in the chapter. Cody led an interesting and colorful life and left his mark in many ways, and this does come through. Excellent full-page period photographs and reproductions appear throughout, and chapter notes give full documentation.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
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Book Description Enslow Pub Inc, 1998. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110766010155
Book Description Enslow Publishers. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0766010155 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.2005406