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The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of

The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of

Автор Larry McMurtry

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The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of

Автор Larry McMurtry

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3.5/5 (4 оценки)
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303 страницы
5 часов
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Издано:
Jun 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781439128183
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From the most prolific author to write on all things Western, Larry McCurtry follows the rise of international celebrity "Buffalo" Bill Cody, tracker, part-time Indian scout and showman, and his most famous and celebrated star, Annie Oakley, the gifted woman sharpshooter, and how they became the first of America's great superstars.

From the early 1800s to the end of his life in 1917, Buffalo Bill Cody was as famous as anyone could be. Annie Oakley was his most celebrated protégée, the 'slip of a girl' from Ohio who could (and did) outshoot anybody to become the most celebrated star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

In this sweeping dual biography, Larry McMurtry explores the lives, the legends and above all the truth about two larger-than-life American figures. With his Wild West show, Buffalo Bill helped invent the image of the West that still exists today—cowboys and Indians, rodeo, rough rides, sheriffs and outlaws, trick shooting, Stetsons, and buckskin. The short, slight Annie Oakley—born Phoebe Ann Moses—spent sixteen years with Buffalo Bill's Wild West, where she entertained Queen Victoria, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, among others. Beloved by all who knew her, including Hunkpapa leader, Sitting Bull, Oakley became a legend in her own right and after her death, achieved a new lease of fame in Irving Berlin's musical Annie, Get Your Gun.

To each other, they were always 'Missie' and 'Colonel'. To the rest of the world, they were cultural icons, setting the path for all that followed. Larry McMurtry—a writer who understands the West better than any other—recreates their astonishing careers and curious friendship in a fascinating history that reads like the very best of his fiction.
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Jun 1, 2010
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Larry McMurtry is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. He has also written memoirs and essays, and received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Brokeback Mountain.


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  • (4/5)
    I couldn't put this down, despite the fact that McMurtry bounces all over the place.
  • (3/5)
    Breezy account of the origins of American celebrity. Apparently dime novels were the "People" magazine of their day.
  • (3/5)
    An interesting look at the celebrity that was Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Buffalo Bill gets the lion's share of the book's modest 227 pages (not including appendices). The problem I have is with McMurty's writing. Inasmuch as he is a Pulitzer Prize winner I expected a bit more. His narrative is not linear either chronologically or thematicaly. It rambles without a clear direction toward the central premise of explaining what made these two people the first superstars in America. He repeats the same information, in some cases three and four times, throughout the book without adding any additional insight or information on the fact or facts being repeated . While not an unpleasant read, it is definately not one that I would rush out to add to my library.
  • (4/5)
    Not a sequential biography, but a thematic treatment of why Cody and Oakley were the first superstars. Excellent treatment of national and international zeitgeist and technology. "New Yorker" style writing; more like a collection of extended and related essays.