James Reasoner has been praised for his well researched and lively, suspenseful novels Now, he proves that truth can be even exciting than fiction Known for his ability to make history come vividly to life, Reasoner strips away the dime novel legends and Hollywood myths to show us how the gunfighters of the Old West really lived, killed and were killed Among the trJames Reasoner has been praised for his well researched and lively, suspenseful novels Now, he proves that truth can be even exciting than fiction Known for his ability to make history come vividly to life, Reasoner strips away the dime novel legends and Hollywood myths to show us how the gunfighters of the Old West really lived, killed and were killed Among the true stories he brings us Doc Holliday s Last Gunfight The Last Dalton Raid The End of the Notorious John Wesley Hardin Wild Bill s Tragic Mistake The End of an Earp Gunfight at Stone Corral The Doolin Bunch vs the U.S Marshals Rourke s Bad Luck Robbery Shoot out at the Tuttle Dance Hall Wichita s New Year s Day Gunfight Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza The Sam Bass Gang s Luck Runs Out The Long Branch Saloon s Spectacular Fray Ben Thompson and the Vaudeville Ambush The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Jesse James These are the shootouts and showdowns that gave the Wild West its namecounted here with gritty accuracy, colorful detail, and all the drama of life and death on the frontier.
Draw The Greatest Gunfights of the American West James Reasoner has been praised for his well researched and lively suspenseful novels Now he proves that truth can be even exciting than fiction Known for his ability to make history come vividly to
Pretty good book This is a set of stories doing it s best to relate factual tales of gun fights in the American west Of course few of these gun fights were the classical Hollywood shootout.Some writers confidently state that one of these, two men meet in the street and draw fights never happened Actually a couple did I already knew of Bill James Butler Hickok s shoot out over a watch That story isn t in this book, but Jim Levy s is.Here you ll find outlaws, lawmen, back shootersdies of the eveni [...]
I have a deep and unending love of westerns There s something so unbelievable about the truth behind the legends of that time, the fact that so many were drawn from what truly happened and nowhere near as embellished as one might think There s a wildness to the stories, and yes, a romance even behind the crazed sociopaths that ran across the country and territories with guns blazing So many thought they were in the right so many courts acquitted them accordingly How was this only a few generatio [...]
I ve been a fan of westerns and stories of the Old West for a while so I thought it time I got a book on the real history The author is honest about areas where the historical information is lacking, or contested, and it gives a good overview of the famous names and fights throughout the Old West s lively history although the gunfight at the O.K Corral is only mentioned in passing.I do object to the author s writing style though He s obviously trying to keep the language consistent with the time [...]
Great book for history buffs and fans of westerns Reasoner makes these stories come to life as if you were watching it on film The notorious and the good guys are brought out of the cloud of legend and placed firmly back on earth real men with real emotions fighting to all too soon death Each chapter could be its own short story While it could get mundane that each one begins at the moment of action then goes back to pick up the backstory that got us to the current situation, each story was edge [...]
Poorly written, the author is not convincing in dramatising the events contained in this book and the entire narrative is littered with uncertainty Frankly, I think the book warrants one star at best, except that despite its many flaws I really enjoyed it On the rare occasions I get to sit and take a lunch break at work, the next tale of the Wild West was about the perfect bite size and it is definitely to my meal breaks detriment that I ve finished this book Crap airport trash reading, but GOOD [...]
A well structured and well written book that really gets into the heart of America s Wild West.James has obviously researched the stories and his passion is conveyed through his entertaining writing Not once did I get bored something that can happen easily with a non fiction book that relies heavily on anecdote and an amount of imagination to bring the text to life.I would have liked to have seen an index, and research using contemporary texts, but these probably don t exist.I d recommend this [...]
Breezy, lightweight recaps of the greatest gunfights of the American West, as the subtitle says Pretty much sums it up No detailed historical research, plenty of gunslingers gives this the feel of fiction, and Reasoner s intro does say that he a well known novelist did write toward drama if there was any question about the facts.Don t worry about it, just enjoy it.
Everyone knows about the gunfight at the OK corral, but this book looks at the smaller incidents, and tries to put a human touch to them A wide range of characters and situations told well.Ideal as scenario ideas for RPG players anyone remember TSR s Boot Hill or wargamers using Legends of the Old West, Gutshot , Blackwater Gulch etc.
I found draw to be very i exiting and to be fun to read BUT if you dont know a big word here and there you might not be able to read this B m D
One of the best books I have ever read It is such an amazing read In fact, I loved this book so much that I stretched it out as long as possible as I didn t want it to end.
An engrossing book, well written and factual A good source if you re looking to beef up a college history paper.
This is an interesting book about some famous gunfights in the West and what really happened not the movie versions of wrong facts.