Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of "eight notable Oklahomans", the "most feared US marshal in the Indian country". That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Bucking the odds ("I'm sorry, we didn't keep black people's history," a clerk at one of Oklahoma's local historical societies answered a query), Art T. Burton sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late 19th-century America - and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and other Southern native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves' story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.
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The performance was great in that it immerses you in the story. Sometimes get lost with the
list of names, but the audible book was a great inspiring listen. It really gets the metal movie going. The book gets one thinking about all the American History that isn't taught.
Personal development with American and global history and its' impact or contribution to "Our Peculiar Institute".
This is American history untold in American schools. Not only was the story of US Marshall Bass Reeves dynamic and inspiring but the period and location of his story is very revealing. From the sad transition through slavery to Plessy and legal segregation via "separate but equal" and the lost of Indian land into the State of Oklahoma the listener is sitting in a classroom of a story untold.
I highly recommend this audio and it's great narration by Ron Butler even if you're not looking to understand the true American story.
A.T. Burton w/Ron Butler narration is a good combination. I was raised in the Oklahoma region where much of Marshall Reeves lived and worked. Knowing what transpired all those years ago in Ft. Smith and eastern Oklahoma fascinated me throughout to book.
The Marshall's ability to stay alive.
The characters were well defined as to their actions and identifications
No because it went like reading a police blotter
I liked the book.
This book is very well researched. The subject (Bass Reeves amazing career) should be fascinating. Unfortunately, the author fails to bring the story to life and what should be a very interesting story turns out to be very dry and boring.
I have listened to many books. This is the first one I have returned for a refund. Can not imagine listening to another 9 hours of this drone on and on. Many thanks to Audible.com and Amazon for the first rate return/refund policy.
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