Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West

By Tom Clavin
Read by John Bedford Lloyd

02/28/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781427283061

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.

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Giving extensive background information about not only these two men but also their families and their lives before Dodge, the book presents a feast of history in the Mississippi area during the Civil War and the subsequent westward migration. Lloyd's nuanced voice goes well with the engaging text. He enunciates clearly, is confident in expression and tone, and makes this a delightful listening experience for those who love the history of the Old West. AudioFile Magazine "Read by John Bedford Lloyd, whose riveting narration makes the recording impossible to turn off.
“A sharp picture of the brief but vivid culture of the nineteenth-century cattle towns.” Larry McMurtry, New York Times bestselling author
“Fun and revealing all the way through…Clavin gives Earp his due, but one of the virtues of his book is the welcome light it shines on its other protagonist, Bat Masterson, who comes across as much more interesting, human and fun.” Wall Street Journal
“Two of the most fabled lawmen of the American West’s fascinating careers are brought to life in Tom Clavin’s Dodge City." New York Post
Dodge City crackles from the start. Replete with rich characters and a narrative that’s faster than Bat Masterson, Clavin has surpassed even himself.” Neal Bascomb, author of The Winter Fortress
“John Bedford Lloyd employs his resonant baritone quite well in narrating this extensively researched biography…Lloyd’s nuanced voice goes well with the engaging text. He enunciates clearly, is confident in expression and tone, and makes this a delightful listening experience for those who love the history of the Old West.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Tom Clavin

Tom Clavin’s books include the national bestselling titles Halsey’s Typhoon, The Last Stand of Fox Company, Last Men Out, and The Heart of Everything That Is (all written with Bob Drury); as well as sports titles Roger Maris, Gil Hodges (both written with Danny Peary), and The DiMaggios. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, and Parade. He resides in Sag Harbor, New York.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Edition: English