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Myths and Mysteries of the Old West

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  4 reviews
How much of what we know about the history of the Old West is true? In this new book, author Michael Rutter looks at the legend and lore behind such notorious figures as Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane and the stories of famous gun fights and battles, telling what really happened. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but these 12 legends stand up to scrutiny, and this book ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by TwoDot (first published 2004)
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Has chapters about several people including Custer, Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and John Colter. Also includes stories/myths of the Seven Cities of Cibola, The Battle of Adobe Wells, the California Gold Rush, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Contains brief, superficial rundowns of western lore. The device of asking rhetorical questions at the first of each chapter to spark readers' interest became tiresome, but the readi ...more
In this short book, Rutter addresses some of the popular myths from the old west. Of the 12 chapters, I found myself interested in Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the most interesting. I don't think the point of the book is to break the myths but, rather to explain the myths and give alternate theories. It's not heavy reading, if you are familiar at all with old west history you probably have heard the stories before but, I still found it a ...more
It was interesting, but what they were calling conclusions really weren't. I give it two stars for at least making me interested in pursuing some of these legends further to form my own conclusions.
this book is pretty slim 'n' trite... very little fact versus fiction as advertised...some retelling of legends and guesses or theories, but not very entertaining or enlightening.
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