Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City .

In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO--the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West.

James Butler Hickock was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. He crossed paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi.

Wild Bill also fell in love--multiple times--before marrying the true love of his life, Agnes Lake, the impresario of a traveling circus. He would be buried however, next to fabled frontierswoman Calamity Jane.

Even before his death, Wild Bill became a legend, with fiction sometimes supplanting fact in the stories that surfaced. Once, in a bar in Nebraska, he was confronted by four men, three of whom he killed in the ensuing gunfight. A famous Harper's Magazine article credited Hickok with slaying 10 men that day; by the 1870s, his career-long kill count was up to 100.

The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game. Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickock fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story.

Title:Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
ISBN:9781250173799

    Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter Reviews

  • Paul Falk

    Armed with contributing facts and figures based on countless hours of research, the author helped clearly debunk many of the outrageous myths that surrounded the larger-than-life figure, James Butler ...

  • Valerity (Val)

    I enjoyed this book on Wild Bill Hickok very much as an updated biography. Tom Clavin does a great job of sorting between hype and facts to get to what is more likely in the real story of James Butler...

  • Juli

    The Old West generated many tall tales about legendary characters...Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Kit Carson...all larger than life. Their stories are a mix of truth and exaggeration...and I love every si...

  • Carolyn McBride

    This was a fascinating book that I enjoyed more than I expected. I learned quite a lot, both about Wild Bill, his peers and the geography whose borders shifted with the politics of the day. It's a gre...

  • Chris Wolak

    Tom Clavin delivers a good yarn about a man so covered in legend and tall tales I’m surprised this book isn’t 500 pages long. This was a quick, entertaining read about the man and his times.Read m...

  • Julia Simpson-Urrutia

    Not since Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser have I read a book on the Old West that grips me as much as Wild Bill by Tom Clavin. Wild Bill (whose real name was James) is a historical character whose st...

  • Marianne

    Growing up in a town where James Butler Hickock had been sheriff, I grew up with his legend. His legend, as well as Bill Cody who slaughtered the buffalo for the expansion of the railroads and General...

  • Casey Wheeler

    This book is well researched and written. The author has a writing style that makes the subject engaging and read less like a history rescitation and more like a story. While covering the life of Wild...

  • Bonnye Reed

    GNab This was an excellent biography of James Butler Hickok, an actual exploration of the life of the man without the wild forays into yellow journalism we are more familiar with. I found very interes...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    Bestselling author Tom Clavin (THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS, DODGE CITY) has turned his attention to one of the frontier’s best known characters: a heroic gunslinger whose exploits became fodder ...