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Few people represent the spirit of the Old West like Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Cody! From Indian fights to buffalo hunts to his now-legendary touring Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill brought the legend of the Wild West to the world. Modern readers can enjoy the exploits of this larger-than-life hero through "The Buffalo Bill Megapack," which assembles 5 classic works on the life of Buffalo Bill: "Adventures of Buffalo Bill from Boyhood to Manhood," by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham; "The Life and Adventures of Buffalo Bill," by Col. William F. Cody; "Last of the Great Scouts," by Holen Cody Wetmore; "Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express," by Elmer Sherwood; and "An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W.F. Cody)," by Buffalo Bill. Great fun for fans of the American Old West! And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see all the entries in the Megapack series -- including volumes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, westerns, and much, much more!
A biography of the legendary buffalo hunter considers his legacy as the arch-purveyer of the mythical West, describing his "Wild West Exhibitions" traveling show and citing his experiences with such figures as Wild Bill Hickock, George Armstrong Custer, S
A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainment Canada, and Europe. Crowds cheered as cowboys and Indians--and Annie Oakley!--galloped past on spirited horses, sharpshooters exploded glass balls tossed high in the air, and cavalry troops arrived just in time to save a stagecoach from Indian attack. Vivid posters on billboards everywhere made William Cody, the show's originator and star, a world-renowned figure. Joy S. Kasson's important new book traces Cody's rise from scout to international celebrity, and shows how his image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity" yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of the American tradition. But how, precisely, did that come about? How, for example, did Cody use his audience's memories of the Civil War and the Indian wars? He boasted that his show included participants in the recent conflicts it presented theatrically, yet he also claimed it evoked "memories" of America's bygone greatness. Kasson's shrewd, engaging study--richly illustrated--in exploring the disappearing boundary between entertainment and public events in American culture, shows us just how we came to imagine our memories.
Army scout, frontiersman, and hero of the American West, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was also a shrewd self-promoter, showman, and entrepreneur. In 1888 he published The Story of the Wild West, a collection of biographies of four well-known American frontier figures: Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, and himself. Cody contributed an abridged version of his 1879 autobiography with an addendum titled The Wild West in England, now available in this stand-alone annotated edition, including all the illustrations from the original text along with photographs of Cody and promotional materials. Here Cody describes his Wild West exhibition, the show that offered audiences a mythic experience of the American frontier. Focusing on the show’s first season of performances in England, Cody includes excerpts of numerous laudatory descriptions of his show from the English press as well as stories of his time spent with British nobility—from private performances for Queen Victoria and the Prince and Princess of Wales to dinners and teas with the elite of London society. He depicts himself as an ambassador of American culture, proclaiming that he and his Wild West show prompted the British to “know more of the mighty nation beyond the Atlantic and . . . to esteem us better than at any time within the limits of modern history.”
His contemporaries called him Wild Bill, and newspapermen and others made him a legend in his own time. Among western characters only General George Armstrong Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody are as readily recognized by the general public. In writing this biography, Joseph G. Rosa has expressed the hope that "Hickok emerges as a man and not a legend." For this comprehensive revision of his earlier biography of Wild Bill the author was allowed to work from newly available materials in the possession of the Hickok family. He also discovered new material pertaining to Wild Bill’s Civil War exploits and his service as a marshal and found the pardon file of his murderer, John McCall. Additional, rare photographs of Wild Bill are published here for the first time. The results of Rosa’s additional research make this second edition the best biography of Wild Bill likely to be written for years to come.
"In a remarkable early life as an Indian scout, trapper, miner and Pony Express rider, William F. Cody developed a reputation for courage. Yet it was buffalo hunting that earned his nickname. Turning his life into a theatrical spectacular which toured the United States and Europe and brought him fame and fortune, Cody almost single-handedly invented the Wild West. His autobiography vividly captures the excitement of a time which has passed into American folklore."
Before buffalo shifter William can retire from undercover work, he must eliminate some thugs who know too much. A hyperactive coyote is the last thing he wants—or is Donnie exactly what he needs?

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