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Author Sinclair, Clive, 1948-

Title Clive Sinclair's true tales of the Wild West / Clive Sinclair
Published London : Picador, 2008


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Description xiii, 402 unnumbered pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 21 cm
Contents The Man Who Killed Randolph Scott -- Calamity Jane Turns the Tables -- The Trail of Tears -- Tombstone's Femme Fatale -- The True Voice of America -- Billy the Kid Tries to Go Straight -- Where the Wild Things Are
Summary "Today's Wild West is not what it was, though it wishes that it were. The old certainties are gone, leaving only questions." "Was Wyatt Earp a model lawman, or a stone-cold killer? Was General Custer a brilliant strategist who had a bad day, or a glory-hunting asshole? Were the rumours true? Was Wild Bill Hickock more of a man's lady than a ladies' man? Was Billy the Kid gay? Was Calamity Jane a feminist, or a tart? Were Geronimo, Cochise, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull freedom fighters, or terrorists?" "Can anyone separate truth from legend, fact from fiction?" "Two cousins set out to attempt just that: the one is Peppercorn, a fading photo-journalist in search of his inner cowboy; the other is Saltzman, lecturer in American Studies at the University of St Albans. On their travels, they encounter many of the great heroes of the Wild West - or at least the men and women who impersonate them - as well as other larger-than-life characters such as innocent Mercy Sweetbriar, runner-up in the 'Appearance, Personality, and Photogenics' category of South Dakota's Miss Rodeo contest, not-so-innocent Miami Bitch, Kevin Costner, and Bill Janklow, Governor of South Dakota and latter-day Indian fighter." "In order to fully capture the extravagance of these people and the landscapes they inhabit, Clive Sinclair has been driven to invent a new genre. He calls it Dodgy Realism, a melange of fact, fantasy, and fiction. Call it what you will, his new book is both an erudite investigation of, and a glorious romp through, the heartland of America."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 400-[402]
Subject West (U.S.) -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Fiction.
ISBN 9780330426435
Other Titles True tales of the Wild West