Dodge City by Tom Clavin
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West

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Mr. Clavin effectively debunks the popular myths about Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and presents a vivid and enlightening portrayal of Dodge City, the quintessential Western frontier town.
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Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West.

Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin's Dodge City tells the true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures, along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way (including Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) that has gone largely untold—lost in the haze of Hollywood films and western fiction, until now.

 

About Tom Clavin

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Tom Clavin and Danny Peary are bestselling co-authors of Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero. Tom is also a former reporter for the New York Times and co-author of The Last Stand of Fox Company. Danny is a writer/researcher for “The Tim McCarver Show.”
 
Published February 28, 2017 by St. Martin's Press. 401 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Dec 26 2016

There’s some rehashing of the old but much that is new, making this a must-have for buffs—nothing world-changing but a nicely spun Wild West yarn to satisfy even the most ardent consumer of oaters.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Sep 13 2017

Though this fact-checking may take some of the glamor out of the popular conception of Earp in particular, Clavin’s book brims with a colorful collection of real outlaws, sex workers, gamblers, and chorus dancers...

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Paul Davis on Mar 19 2017

Mr. Clavin effectively debunks the popular myths about Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and presents a vivid and enlightening portrayal of Dodge City, the quintessential Western frontier town.

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