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Clive Sinclair's true tales of the Wild West.

Author: Clive Sinclair
Publisher: London : Picador, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today's Wild West is not what it was, though it wishes that it were. The old certainties are gone, leaving only questions." "Was Wyatt Earp a model lawman, or a stone-cold killer? Was General Custer a brilliant strategist who had a bad day, or a glory-hunting asshole? Were the rumours true? Was Wild Bill Hickock more of a man's lady than a ladies' man? Was Billy the Kid gay? Was Calamity Jane a feminist, or a tart?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clive Sinclair
ISBN: 9780330426435 0330426435
OCLC Number: 191890567
Description: xiii, 401 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: The Man Who Killed Randolph Scott --
Calamity Jane Turns the Tables --
The Trail of Tears --
Tombstone's Femme Fatale --
The True Voice of America --
Billy the Kid Tries to Go Straight --
Where the Wild Things Are.
Other Titles: True tales of the Wild West

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From the author of Meet the Wife, a gripping account of one man's search for the real wild west . . .  Read more...

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