The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley
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The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley

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With a widowed mother and six siblings, Annie Oakley first became a trapper, hunter, and sharpshooter simply to put food on the table. Yet her genius with the gun eventually led to her stardom in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The archetypal western woman, Annie Oakley urged women to take up shooting to procure food, protect...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2002 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published October 1st 1994)
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For the most part this was a well written biography of the Sharpshooter Annie Oakley. My problem with it was that the author decided that her "legacy" was more important than her life. She covered the actual biography but then spent a lot of time talking about her influence on women in the late 1880's until her death in 1926.

I picked up the book because I was listening to some of the songs from Annie, Get Your Gun and started wondering how much of the musical was factual and how much was fiction...more
More of a skim than a read. (I admit I'm a skimmer.) This approach sets a lot of the biographical facts straight and tries to place Oakley in her moment in American/Women's history. The full bio comes in the front, so if you don't want to read any of the academics after that, you can stop.

The best did-you-know story is how Oakley took on Wm Randolph Hearst after his syndicate printed a story involving her and some cocaine that wasn't true. Unable to sue the syndicate, she took on each paper that...more
A disappointment. For such a fascinating character, Riley manages to make Oakley seem boring. It's hard to believe that there is nothing to discovered about Oakley, but Riley takes 200+ pages to do just that.
Enjoying it so far. Story from her childhood in Ohio to her days in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
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