Judge Roy Bean
Wyatt Earp (on Tombstone page)
Virgil Earp (on Tombstone page)
Wild Bill Hickok
Bat Masterson
Harry Morse

Judge Roy Bean

Roy Bean: Law West of the Pecos

"Sonnichsen has the good sense and technical skill to mingle fact and legend in a realistic, quietly humorous manner. . . . Roy Bean, ruffian, justice of the peace, and showman extraordinary, emerges from the book as neither sage nor clown, but possessing to an interesting degree the characteristics of both." - Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok Gunfighter: An Account of Hickok's Gunfights

Wild Bill Hickok (1837-1876) was a Civil War spy and scout, Indian fighter, gambler, and peace officer. He was also one of the greatest gunfighters in the West. His peers referred to his reflexes as "phenomenal" and to his skill with a pistol as "miraculous." In "Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter," Joseph G. Rosa, the world’s foremost authority on Hickok, provides an informative examination of Hickok’s many gunfights.

Rosa describes the types of guns used by Hickok and illustrates his use of the plains’ style of "quick draw," as well as examining other elements of the Hickok legend. He even reconsiders the infamous "dead man’s hand" allegedly held by Hickok when he was shot to death at age thirty-nine while playing poker. Numerous photographs and drawings accompany Rosa’s down-to-earth text.

The West of Wild Bill Hickok

They Called Him Wild Bill

Wild Bill Hickok: The Man and His Myth

Excavating the reality behind the myth, Joseph Rosa delves into the exploits and ego that defined Wild Bill Hickok and shows how the man was overtaken by his own legend. Rosa exposes a controversial and charismatic man - army and Indian scout, wagon master, courier, frontiersman, gunfighter, lawman, prospector, addicted gambler, and short-time actor - who was elevated from regional fame to national notoriety by inadvertently being in the right place at the right time.

Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend

After describing Masterson the Western hero, DeArment continues the story of Masterson's later life as a fight promoter and a New York newspaperman

Harry Morse

Lawman: The Life and Times of Harry Morse, 1835-1912

Morse, once sheriff of Alameda County, California (which includes Oakland and its environs), conducted arduous manhunts for desperadoes, cornered and shot it out with hardened killer Juan Soto, and could barely bring himself to spring the trapdoor in the hanging of a desperate criminal - all of this in post-gold rush California. Boessenecker's personal fascination with the day-to-day police work of Morse and his admiration for the overriding integrity of the lawman shines through. Morse is portrayed as a beacon of justice amid overwhelming racism toward Hispanics in nineteenth-century California; his diligence in bringing criminals to justice through private detective work after his sheriffing days (including fascinating chapters about the debonair Black Bart, a stagecoach bandit, and the "crime of the century," a brutal double slaying and mutilation) shows Morse the lawman at his best. Boessenecker has included lengthy excerpts from Morse's own personal diaries, and his occasionally reverential tone involves the reader in the story of a less-legendary but no less riveting Old West personality. - Booklist


Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California

The true stories of the once-famous peace officers and outlaws of old California, including Ben Thorn, the iron-willed but scandal-plagued sheriff of Calaveras County; the Coates-Frost feud, which left 14 men dead; and Captain Ingram's Rangers, who raided stagecoaches during the Civil War .

Lawmen & Desperadoes: A Compendium of Noted, Early California Peace Officers, Badmen and Outlaws 1850-1900

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