Wild Bill Hickok: The Man and His Myth


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University Press of Kansas
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6.22 X 9.0 X 0.88 inches | 1.12 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph G. Rosa, (1932-2015), is the author of the definitive biography of Wild Bill Hickok, They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok, as well as The Gunfighter: Man or Myth? And (with Waldo E. Koop) Rowdy Joe Lowe: Gambler with a Gun, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.


"Rosa knows more about western gunfighters than almost anyone. In this interesting and carefully researched work he has corrected the myths and legends about Hickok, explained why they occurred and endure, and, in the process, contributed to the new western history. Rosa has artfully crafted a book that will be of interest both to professional historians and to history buffs."--Journal of American History

"Highly recommended to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the creation of the myth of the Wild West."--H-Net Reviews

"A highly recommended portrait by an undisputed authority on Hickok."--Western Historical Quarterly
"A wonderful account of the myths that followed Wild Bill wherever he went. Rosa has solved some mysteries and spiced his text with new tales and many delightful illustrations."--Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"No one knows more about Hickok than Joe Rosa. Here he sets to paper the fruits of a lifetime of diligent study."--Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

"Pathbreaking. This book will delight everyone fascinated by the fact and fiction of the Old West."--Brian W. Dippie, author of Custer's Last Stand: The Anatomy of an American Myth

"A fresh, fascinating, and highly readable work with broad appeal."--David Dary, author of Seeking Pleasure in the Old West