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Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend

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The colorful figures of the western American frontier, the Indian fighters, the mountain men, the outlaws, and the lawmen, have been romanticized for more than a hundred years by writers who found it easier to invent history than the research it. "Bat" Masterson was one such character who cast a long shadow across the pages of western history as it has been routinely depic ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 15th 1989 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published September 1989)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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”Josephine Earp recalled Bat’s dropping in on them at their home in San Diego about 1885. He was on his way to Ensenada, Mexico, to pick up an army deserter who was reputed to be a tough hombre. Bat asked Wyatt to accompany him. ‘That made sense to Wyatt,’ wrote Josephine. ‘This careful approach, so characteristic of both these men, may account for their survival to a ripe old age despite years in a dangerous business that claimed the lives of many. Neither of them took unnecessary chances.’”

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Mark Luongo
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those interested in Western US History
Fact? Legend? Sometimes the real story is better than what we see on TV or in the movies. That is true of this biography of "Bat" Masterson. An interesting life to be sure but not the "notorious gunslinger and swell" as portrayed or imagined by many. Buffalo hunter, scout, lawman, gambler, boxing referee and journalist would be enough for anyone's life. Friend or acquaintance of Wyatt Earp, John "Doc" Holliday, Billy Dixon, Bill Tilghman, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Theodore Roosevelt and brother of Ed ...more
Ralph Estes
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty good. Seems more objective than most western biographies. Says Masterson never killed more than one person, & that one is uncertain. May be a bit biased toward Masterson.
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