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Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane: Deadwood Legends (South Dakota Biography Series)

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
bibliography, index, eight-page photo essay
Paperback, 174 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by South Dakota State Historical Society
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Tim
Jun 20, 2010 Tim rated it liked it
"Legend" is a word tossed around too easily and misused too often. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a legend is "an unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical."

In titling his latest book, James D. McLaird demonstrates he knows what the word means. Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane: Deadwood Legends explains that much of what we think we know about Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in Deadwood is, in fact, the stuff of l
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Rebecca
Jul 08, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
Mclaird does a good job of separating the facts from the legends that have been built around these two people. Although the story of their lives is a lot different than the popular myths about them they are still very interesting people in their own right and the author gives you a chance to see how they really were. Mclaird also explored the fantastic stories that were circulating about them and it was interesting to see how the legends and the stories started and grew even long after both had ...more
Tom R.
Oct 09, 2012 Tom R. rated it liked it
When I started to read this book it talked about how many of the stories about Wild Bill and Calamity Jane were mere legends, and the author wanted to set the record straight about what their lives were really like.
My initial response was, what's the fun in that?
But it turns out they both lived such wild and crazy lives that the book is still exciting without resorting to embellished tales used by many other biographers of the two.
The book gives you a blow by blow account of the two Wild West le
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Nicole
Jul 30, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
A factual look into the lives of two supposed Old West Legends. The author moves away from the traditionally accepted stories about Hickok and Jane and, instead, delves into journals, newspapers and memoirs from the days that tell a far different story about the pair that is far from legendary or heroic.
Jenny
Jun 04, 2012 Jenny rated it it was ok
I read this book for History class and it was a bit boring, but very factual and informative. I learned a lot about two legendary figures in South Dakota history and this book helped me write a paper (for a book project for History class--we got to choose the topic). If you've been to Deadwood, SD, and want to learn more about Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, this is a good book for you.
Marc Leroux
I picked this up in Deadwood last summer. It's a good history of two western characters, but a bit dry in places.
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