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Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters

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Titel: Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters
Autor/en: Bill O'Neal

ISBN: 0806123354
EAN: 9780806123356
2:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam.
Sprache: Englisch.
University of Oklahoma Press

4. Oktober 2017 - kartoniert - 404 Seiten

Much information (some of it factual, a lot of it fictional) is available about the famous gunfighters of the Old West-the Jameses, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, John Wesley Hardin, and that latter-day folk idol, Butch Cassidy. Dozens of less-well-known but sometimes even more murderous gunslingers-such men as Cullen Baker, Harvey Logan, Longhaired Jim Courtright, and Mysterious Dave Mather-have received only scant mention in scattered accounts.
This encyclopedia-a who's who of the gunfighting West-provides a compilation of facts, sifted myths, folklore, and outright lies, about the lives and deaths of 255 men, both the famous and the all but forgotten. Also included are detailed accounts of the almost six hundred gunfights the men took part in, mostly between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century.
Each entry follows a concise and useful format: an alphabetical listing of the gunman; nicknames or aliases; dates and places of birth and death, is known; the occupations the man pursued; a brief biography; and, in chronological order, accounts of the verified gunfights in which he participated.
In the Introduction, from the information he amassed in this volume, Bill O'Neal provides a fascinating summary of the data and offers new insights into the nature of the western gunmen and of the feuds and fights that bloodied the West. For example, he relates how a large number of the gunfighters used guns as tools of their trades, legitimate and otherwise-lawmen and detectives, buffalo hunters, army scouts, thieves, hired killers, and the like. Of the gunfighters included here 108 served as law officers at some time in their careers. The average lifespan, including those who died of natural causes, was forty-seven years, and more than 50 percent of the gunmen died from gunshot wounds.
Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters offers a unique compilation of information about these men-a comprehensive and reliable source.
Bill O'Neal currently is serving his sixth year as State Historian of Texas. As an ambassador for Texas history, Bill travels constantly across the Lone Star State, providing programs at schools and universities and a variety of historical events. He is a past president and fellow of both the West Texas Historical Association and of the East Texas Historical Association.

Bill is the author of more than 40 books, as well as 300 articles and book reviews. His most recent writing award, the A. C. Greene Literary Award, was presented at the 2015 West Texas Book Festival in Abilene. In 2012 Bill received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wild West Historical Association, and in 2007 he was named True West Magazine's Best Living Non-Fiction Writer.

Bill has appeared on TV documentaries on TBS, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, CMT, A&E, and the American Heroes Channel Series, Gunslingers. During a long career at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, his most prestigious teaching award was a Piper Professorship, presented in 2000. In 2013 Panola's new dormitory was named Bill O'Neal Hall, and in that same year he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from his alma mater, Texas A&M University at Commerce. Bill's four daughters all have entered the field of education, and he is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren
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