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Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest for Jack Slade, The West's Most Elusive Legend

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"A superb biography"—Foreword Reviews

"An ambitious, well-written effort to restore a Wild West desperado to history.... Readers will surely remember Jack Slade from henceforth. A treat for Western history buffs and fans of true crime."—Kirkus Reviews

"An enjoyable read, and it is also a heroic effort."—Wall Street Journal

"Every bit the page-turner as Roughing It, with one a
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Hardcover, 536 pages
Published October 24th 2008 by Westholme Publishing (first published October 15th 2008)
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Alison Fletcher
Dec 08, 2013 Alison Fletcher rated it liked it
not bad more of the history of the overland stage then Slade but not mad more 3 1/2 stars
Bobby D
Sep 27, 2011 Bobby D rated it really liked it
Elusive is the key word in the book’s title. Although this is a book that is a well researched history of the Western Stage Coach Era (1858 to 1964) it is less of a biography and even less about the death of a gunfighter. It tells the story and dissects the legend of Jack Slade who was not even called “Jack” until after his death in 1864. Slade (or his legend) was made most famous by Mark Twain in his book “Roughing It”. Twain wrote Slade’s story some time after the two of them had only spent an ...more
Tom
Jul 23, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
Extremely well-written and meticulously researched story, this biography aims to encompass every known fact about Jack Slade, a forgotten character who seems to have played a pivotal role in the development of the Old West.

Slade was a harsh wagonmaster and Pony Express supervisor who seemed to be able to deliver results under incredibly harsh conditions. He survived blinding blizzards (literally) and deadly deserts to make sure that stagecoaches, mail delivery, and wagon trains arrived on time
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Megan
Jul 22, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
This was a gift from my brother for X-mas last year that I finally got around to. It goes along with my collection of American West nonfiction, all of which I've picked up/been gifted in my quest for more knowledge/fiction research, and a general desire to read more nonfiction.

Coming at it from that perspective, I genuinely enjoyed the historical take on one man's controversial life. There's not a lot of validated material out there about Jack Slade, as the author lets you know right away, and
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Rae
Mar 08, 2016 Rae rated it really liked it
A very good read. I didn't know what to expect - especially as the author starts out saying that not much is really known about the title character; that most of what is "known" is myth. But the author did an excellent job of placing Slade in his time and place. Learned a lot about freight and stage coach transportation in the early days of the Rocky Mountain West. Also learned a lot about vigilante justice - or lack of justice - in those early gold camps of Montana Territory.
Andrew
Aug 18, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western, historical
Wow. What a book.

I got this book from the library, because I was out of western books to read. And it impressed the heck out of me. I actually bought this book online, I enjoyed it so much.

It's an incredibly well researched book, revealing a character misjudged and misunderstood by history. Rottenberg goes in detail about the Stagecoach lines, the Overland Trail, the history of the Slade family. Superbly researched, highly recommended.
Andrew
Nov 01, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Roughing It fans
Pretty good history of the Pony Express years out West, despite the lack of hard facts about Slade himself.
Joe Bax.
Mar 30, 2013 Joe Bax. rated it it was amazing
Extremely well researched. Give a different point of view to the general idea of a western gunfighter.
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Good history of Western gunfighter. No relation!
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