Buffalo Bill's America by Louis S. Warren
William Cody and the Wild West Show

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William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was the most famous American of his age. He claimed to have worked for the Pony Express when only a boy and to have scouted for General George Custer. But what was his real story? And how did a frontiersman become a worldwide celebrity? In this prize-winning biography, acclaimed author Louis S. Warren explains not only how Cody exaggerated his real experience as an army scout and buffalo hunter, but also how that experience inspired him to create the gigantic, traveling spectacle known as Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. A dazzling mix of Indians, cowboys, and vaqueros, they performed on two continents for three decades, offering a surprisingly modern view of the United States and a remarkably democratic version of its history. This definitive biography reveals the genius of America’s greatest showman, and the startling history of the American West that drove him and his performers to the world stage.

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Louis S. Warren took his B.A. at Columbia University and his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. at Yale University. He has taught at Yale, University of San Diego, and, since 1999, at the University of California, Davis, where he is currently Associate Professor of History. He is the author of The Hunter's Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (1997), which won the 1997 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Book, and several articles. His article on "Cody's Last Stand" in the Western Historical Quarterly won the Oscar O. Winther Award for best article (2003).From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 674 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Cody was the most famous American of his day, and people around the world knew his story: He was a noble savage of the frontier, left to fend for himself at an early age, became the youngest Pony Express rider in history, fought Indians with wild abandon and, as he put it, “stood between savagery...

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But Cody's distortions made for good copy even back home, says Warren, where the Wild West publicity campaign worked the streets with images of the conquering cowboy-hero: One 1895 poster, plastered across fences and walls from Waterville, Maine to Montgomery, Alabama, featured a blue map of the...

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Now comes Warren's Buffalo Bill's America, billed as the most comprehensive critical biography of William Cody in more than 40 years.

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Still, Warren shows that Cody is the link between the cowboy and the entertainment mogul—and that the country owes its media prowess not only to Hollywood and New York, but also to the stretch of land between the two, a vast countryside nurturing the tall tales of travelers such as Cody.

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