The Real Deadwood: True Life Histories of Will Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Outlaw Towns, and Other Characters of the Lawless West
The Real Deadwood True Life Histories of Will Bill Hickock Calamity Jane Outlaw Towns and Other Characters of the Lawless West Author:John Edwards Ames, John Ames Supported by strong ratings and a rich history, The Real Deadwood provides background and historical accuracy for the figures depicted on the hit HBO series, and takes a broader look at the times that spawned them. Covering law and order, politics, journalism, and early medicine, and examining some "historical guest stars" who may play a ... more »factor in future Deadwood episodes (Teddy Roosevelt was an acquaintance of series protagonist Seth Bullock and made several visits to the lawless town; Bullock turned away Wyatt Earp when he offered his services as a lawman)-The Real Deadwood will allow readers to traverse the unpaved streets of an outlaw town without ever getting their boots dirty.« less
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Sarah H. (ladyowl) - , reviewed The Real Deadwood: True Life Histories of Will Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Outlaw Towns, and Other Characters of the Lawless West on + 61 more book reviews
This book was so poorly written and edited, I thought I was reading a high school term paper. This was surprising from a professional writer with 50+ books to his credit. There was interesting information on the Black Hills gold rush, the founding of Deadwood, and the breaking of the treaty with the Lakota Indians. I learned some background on Al Swearengen and Seth Bullock, two people I had never heard of before the "Deadwood" TV series. The information on the other characters, such as Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane, was pretty generic and limited. One of the better chapters was on the hard life led by Deadwood prostitutes and the crude methods of birth control they used.
This book gave me some background on the historical Deadwood and made me appreciate the TV series better. If you are a fan of the TV series and want a little bit of history of the real Deadwood, this is a quick and easy read. But, it's no great literary work.