Monday, March 24, 2014

Bad Guys and Gals of the Wild West

This book is very poor.  It was written by Donna Herwick Rice.  It seems she is more interested in some liberal gobbledy goop than telling history.  The book spends the first ten pages introducing "who is bad?" crap! And then keeps it up through the book.  This book is written for children, and the author says she is a teacher and children's author.  Kids deserve better than this.
So the enjoyable parts.  There are some interesting anecdotes.  Jesse James emerge from the Civil War and was shot in the Back.  Belle Star was shot twice, and died in a pool of blood on a dirt road.  Doc Holliday went west so as to overcome tuberculosis; and it worked for fourteen years.  His girlfriend, common-law wife was Big Nose Kate.  Billy the Kid was short, 5'3".  He was a murderer, but likeable.  Sherrie Pat Garret killed him.
Butch Cassidy and Sundance of the Wild Bunch eventually traveled to South America where they were killed.  The book does a poor job of telling this story, not mentioning Bolivia where they actually were killed.  It does not include Elzy Lay who was Butch Cassidy's first partner.  I need to keep my eye out for this author and publishing company.  It seems they are more interested in spreading their values even if it means rewriting history.

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