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Buffalo Bill Cody: The Man Behind the Legend

Buffalo Bill Cody: The Man Behind the Legend

Robert A. Carter

ISBN: 978-0-471-07780-0

Apr 2002

512 pages

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"An excellent book based on exhaustive research and written with fresh insight. It is a spellbinding accomplishment and brings both the man and his era to life. . . . It is an extraordinary achievement."
-Arizona Daily Star

"Carter presents this astounding tale in a very balanced fashion, providing both the nineteenth-century rationale and his repug-nance at acts today considered shocking. . . . Through Carter's writing, the heroic and ultimately sad life of a remarkable human being makes a deep impact."
-Richmond Times Dispatch

"A comprehensive, sharply rendered life of showman William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody pries realities away from legend. . . . A splendid portrait of Cody's life and times, at once poignant, boisterous, and disturbing."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"There's a large audience for American, and particularly Western, history, and those readers will not want to miss this genial account."
-Publishers Weekly

"This is the remarkable story of an amazing life. Cody not only lived the adventure of the frontier, he helped create the American West of the imagination. A fascinating story and a must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of the Western myth."
-Casey Tefertiller
author, Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend


Introduction: "Where Council Fires Gleamed".

1. The Cody (or Was It Coady?) Family Tree.

2. "The Youngest Indian Slayer on the Plains".

3. The Dark Side of "Manifest Destiny".

4. "The Swift Phantom of the Desert".

5. From Horse Thief to Cavalry Scout.

6. Cody Takes a Shot at Domestic Life.

7. Scouting with Sheridan.

8. The Battle of Summit Springs.

9. "Buffalo Bill, The King of Border Men".

10. More Fame--and the Medal of Honor.

11. Triumph--and Tragedy.

12. "More Like Fiction than Reality".

13. "The Vastly Enlarged and Reorganized Wild West".

14. "Purely and Distinctively American".

15. Crossing the "Big Water".

16. The Last of the Indian Wars.

17. "A Congress of Rough Riders".

18. "On the Threshold of 1900".

19. The Old Scout on "His Native Heath".

20. "The Man Who Broke My Heart".

Epilogue: The Legacy.

Source Notes.


"...fine account of a Western hero..." (The Independent Magazine, 1 June 2002)