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 The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestsellin...

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Title:Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
Author:Tom Clavin
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1250173795
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

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

  • Chris Wolak
    Feb 04, 2019
    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 my review here: https://wildmoobooks.com/2019/03/04/r... ...
  • Art
    Apr 23, 2019
    Tom Clavin follows up his look at Dodge City with an even better book about James Butler Hickock. He breaks down the many legends about the gunfighter and tries to determine which ones were made up. The result is a great yarn about the Old West, about one of the first shootists a...
  • Claire
    Feb 16, 2019
    I learned a lot about the ? Wild West? and the characters who live there. I had heard, of course, the names and a little bit about some of the people, but was able to learn a lot from this well researched book. I listened to it as an audiobook, and it was engaging and well done. I ...
  • Jen Juenke
    Jan 30, 2019
    I learned so much from this book. I thought that I knew the story of Wild Bill Hickok....I did not. The author was very descriptive, honest (would tell the reader whether or not a fact was true or maybe fabricated), and I just enjoyed the story. It was a refreshing look at the time p...
  • Kristine
    Feb 05, 2019
    Wild Bill by Tom Clavin is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late December. Clavin writes about James Butler Hickok, a man of many hats, who had been proclaimed as one of the first quick-draw duelists/shootists, as well as a wagon teamster, Union scout, deputy marshal, umpire fo...
  • Julia Simpson-Urrutia
    Jan 19, 2019
    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 story is fascinating and ultimately tragic in much the same way as Princess Diana's. For...
  • M. Sarki
    Apr 04, 2019
    A riveting and well-researched history of Wild Bill and his accompanying cast of characters including Calamity Jane, Charlie Utter, George Custer, and Buffalo Bill Cody. A page burner for anyone interested in the Wild West and its important part in the making of American history. ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Jan 08, 2019
    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 Hickok and his exploits. Apparently, there had been a sibling named Bill that hadn?...
  • John
    Feb 12, 2019
    Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read a prerelease digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. I enjoyed Tom Clavin's earlier Dodge City and was excited to see that he had done a biography of Wild Bill Hickok. The book did not disappoint. The s...
  • Carolyn McBride
    Mar 04, 2019
    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 great read for any Western history buff! ...
  • Lori
    Jan 25, 2019
    This is an interesting and entertaining look at the life of Wild Bill Hickok. Well researched and documented, Will Bill is written in a very engaging manner, and includes much history of the American West in general. Hickok was friends or compatriots with many legends of the west, so y...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Jan 20, 2019
    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 Bill Hickcock the author has a tendency to drift off to side stories, while interesti...
  • Amy
    Feb 13, 2019
    Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter is a fascinating read. I highly recommend it for history buffs. Five stars. ...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Jan 05, 2019
    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 interesting the effects the Pottawatomie Massacre had on the decisions made by the Hickok fam...
  • David
    Feb 02, 2019
    A well researched account of the life of the western legend. The author spends a great deal of time debunking myths about Wild Bill Hickok. At times the book seems a bit academic, but it moves quickly and is a captivating read. The book takes many side paths into the lives of charact...
  • John Walker
    Mar 05, 2019
    The well known story of James Butler Hickok written by Tom Clavin, of Dodge City fame. Clavin does an interesting job of not only telling the reader about Wild Bill but more importantly his family, friends and not so friendly people who formed his life. Of course Buffalo Bill, Charli...
  • Marianne
    Jan 16, 2019
    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 George Custer who was in charge of the fort just south of town. Around the same perio...
  • Mike
    Feb 23, 2019
    I enjoyed the book. There were things about the life of Wild Bill that I was unfamiliar with from other books I have read. Especially interesting were his lifelong friendship with Buffalo Bill and is time in the Union Army. I do feel that Mr. Clavin thoroughly researched the book. ...
  • Nancy
    Apr 21, 2019
    3.75 I really enjoy non fiction stories. This story of Wild Bill is a recount of his life from abolitionist with his dad, to his military life, his life as a Marshall, and scout and guide in the ?west?. He had so many adventures in his 39 years. Several other figures of the old wes...
  • Juli
    Feb 01, 2019
    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 single tale! But my favorite by far is Wild Bill Hickok. Lawman. Gunfighter. Gambler...
  • Mike Stewart
    Mar 24, 2019
    Solid, readable biography of a Western icon. It turns out, even without many of the myths and tales long and incorrectly accepted as fact, Hickok was very much the real deal. A man who did not hesitate to act, an extraordinary pistol shot, someone who did not seek trouble but once it f...
  • Missy Block
    Feb 24, 2019
    A well detailed true story of the first American Gunfighter James Butler Hickok better known as Wild Bill. A detailed summary of his well lived life from his birth to his assassination. His titles included spy, soldier, gunman, lawman and of course gambler and ladies man. This kept me ...
  • Janis
    Mar 14, 2019
    I?ve read several biographies of Wild Bill, so there was very little in the first half of the book that was new to me. But the second half contained many delightful tales I?d never heard before. If you read no other part of this book, read the chapter about 2/3 of the way through...
  • Paul Falk
    Jan 11, 2019
    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 Hickok, the notorious, Wild Bill. Easy-to-follow, the main character became well-drawn...
  • Taylor Hensel
    Feb 17, 2019
    I don't know how much research Tom Clavin did for this trainwreck, but it certainly couldn't have been much. Despite being initially very engaging, Clavin plays way too fast and loose with the facts for me to be comfortable with. Among his more unforgivable errors are claiming that Hic...
  • Jerry Baird
    Mar 04, 2019
    A very good history of Wild Bill Hickok and dispells many of the myths and legends of the time. A Spy for the Union, Scout for Sheridan, Marshall of Abeline, Card Shark, Member of Buffalo Bill Codys traveling Western Show, Sharp-Shooter and supposed man who killed one way or another ov...
  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Feb 11, 2019
    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 for news, legends and movies, his name almost synonymous with the West he grew up with...
  • Ted
    Mar 30, 2019
    Even though the events happened nearly 150 years ago the story was very well vetted. A good amount of the history about the civil war was used in making the story legitimate. While the history of Deadwood South Dakota is very familiar to me much of Wild Bill?s history was brought to ...
  • C. Sexton
    Mar 07, 2019
    Interesting book. Enjoyed it, however there is an error on the pistols used by Hickok. Clavin states on page 91 that Hickok was carrying Colt .44 double action revolvers. This would not have been possible, since this colt revolver was not produced until 1878. Two years after Hickok's d...
  • Rosa Davis
    Apr 15, 2019
    This follows the birth of the legend behind Wild Bill and all the people he encountered along the way. I was not a fan of the constant jumping around with the back stories and what happened to the characters he encountered. It was a bit confusing and some were even unnecessary and devi...