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Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainment

Canada, and Europe. Crowds cheered as cowboys and Indians--and Annie Oakley!--galloped past on spirited horses, sharpshooters exploded glass balls tossed high in the air, and cavalry troops arrived just in time to save a stagecoach from Indian attack. Vivid poste
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 17th 2001 by Hill and Wang (first published June 30th 2000)
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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 11, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography

There is plenty of history in Ms. Kasson's book, but history itself isn't really the point; the point is to examine and analyze Buffalo Bill's Wild West as a representation--often a conscious, sophisticated one--of the American frontier.

I found many things in this book interesting and surprising. To name just four:

1) For approximately ten years, Buffalo Bill was both a frontier army scout (summers) and a New York actor playing himself in a series of melodramas (winters). After accomplishing hi
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Larry
Apr 19, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it
In Arthur Koppitt's play, "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," there is a scene in which Buffalo Bill, in pursuit of Sitting Bull, who has abruptly left his employment, goes to his closet to get his buckskins. Upon opening the closet, and seeing more than a dozen buckskin jackets, some of them heavily decorated, Cody says, "Which one is my real jacket?" That fictitious scene captures a central truth of Cody's career, and Kasson's book fleshes out that truth.

Buffalo Bill fluctuated between being a fr
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Starbubbles
Mar 07, 2009 Starbubbles rated it really liked it
very very readable, but very long paragraphs made the 200+ pages difficult to wade through. the argument got repetative due to the set up/organization of the book, but it was fairly easy to pick and chose the topic you want to read about next. this book brings to life buffalo bill and his fame, celeberity status, wild west shows, and public memory in a fascinating way.
Sarah
Feb 04, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Sean picked this up for me at a used bookstore more than a year ago after he learned that my great-grandfather broke horses for Buffalo Bill (my great-grandfather was quite young at the time, Buffalo Bill was an old man).
Tasha
Sep 20, 2010 Tasha rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm still not sure what the point of this book was, but the Indian part was pretty interesting.
Michael
Sep 26, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Extra-ordinary, very well researched, lucid writing.
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