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The colorful figures of the western American frontier, the Indian fighters, the mountain men, the outlaws, and the lawmen, have been romanticized for more than a hundred years by writers who found it easier to invent history than the research it. "Bat" Masterson was one such character who cast a long shadow across the pages of western history as it has been routinely depicted.
"A legend in his own time," he was called in a television series produced in the 1960's. A legend he has become—one firmly fixed in the popular imagination. But in his own time W.B. Masterson was a man, a less-than-perfect creature subject to the same temptations and vices as his fellows, albeit one who, through circumstance and inclination, led an exciting life in an exciting time and place. As buffalo hunter, army scout, peace officer, professional gambler, sportsman, promoter, and newspaperman, Masterson's career was stormy and eventful.
Surprising to many readers will be the account of Masterson's career after his peace officer days, during his employment as a sports writer and columnist. The gun-toting western peace officer reputed to have killed more men than Billy the Kid (not so, says DeArment) spent his last years happily in New York City, writing for a nationally known newspaper.
This book, the product of more than twenty years of research, separates fact from fiction to extricate the story of his life from the legend that has enmeshed it. It is the most complete biography of Bat Masterson ever written.
About the Author:
Robert K. DeArment is a University of Toledo, Ohio, graduate whose field of interest is nineteenth-century American history with special emphasis on outlaws and law enforcement in the frontier West. He is the author of Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
Title: Bat Masterson the Man and the Legend
Publisher: Univ Of Ok Press
Publication Date: 1979
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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 1979. Book Condition: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP29320381
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Book Description Oklahoma, 1980, 1980. 2nd prtg., hardcover, fine in very good dj (dj has small closed tears and a few small chips), outlaws and gunfighters, blm50. Bookseller Inventory # 18903
Book Description Univ Of Ok Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 080611522X Book is in very good condition. Read 2/15/90 written on rfep. Interior pages are clean. Dust jacket has fading along edges and spine. Spine ends have been taped. Has mylar protector. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBC-0K82023
Book Description Univ Of Ok Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P02080611522X
Book Description University of Oklahoma press, Norman, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine. 1st. Includes bibliography and inidex. Illustrated with photographs in black & white within the text. Bookseller Inventory # 9017494
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