Widely considered to be the greatest markswoman who ever lived and who could shoot off the end of a cigarette dangling from her husband’s lips, the biography Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms is a fascinating account of a remarkable woman who experienced enough adventure in her 66 years to fill up a dozen lives.
Narrated in the wonderfully gravelly tone of an aging cowboy by Jonathan Reese, Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms richly details the unlikely rise of the five-foot-tall woman from nowhere Ohio, who went from poverty and great personal hardship, to become the best-known woman in the world as the star and sharpest-shooting member of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West famous travelling show.
Courtney Ryley Cooper's classic biography traces Oakley's extraordinary journey and separates the facts from the many legends that have sprung up in its wake. We learn of her enduring marriage to Frank Butler and their first meeting, a shooting match in which the seemingly delicate young girl defeated the professional marksman; her association with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show and its triumphal tour through Europe and America; the train crash that nearly took her life; and her years as an actress and teacher. Her story remains to this day one of the grandest to have come out of the Old West.