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"Absorbing. . . . Fun and revealing all the way through. . . . Mr. 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." ―The Wall Street Journal

"Two of the most fabled lawmen of the American West's fascinating careers are brought to life in Tom Clavin’s
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"A dramatic history of the West and the late 19th century that focuses on Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson who were fast friends." ―Bill O'Reilly

"Thorough, compelling and entertaining. . . . Clavin sprinkles in fascinating tidbits about life and culture in the Old West. . . . In
Dodge City, Clavin vividly re-creates a time, a town and an era that it seems incomprehensible occurred less than 150 years ago. In it, he provides a reality check to the countless books, TV shows and movies about the Old West." ―Houston Press

"Rip-snorting good reading" ―
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

"This real-life story of 'Dodge City' is as colorful as anything Hollywood imagined. . . . In Dodge City Clavin has collected the legends, outrageous lies and even more outrageous truths told about the frontier town synonymous all over the world with America's cattle-drive era." ―Dallas News

"A full-tilt, flat-out, rip-roaring trail ride back into those thrilling days of yesteryear." ―
The Virginian-Pilot

"Clavin tells a lively tale that’s both entertaining and informative, with plenty of action and little-known information to keep a reader around. . . . Fans of Western U.S. history or lovers of Larry McMurtry novels should covet this book; it’s everything you want it to be." ―
LaCrosse Tribune

"Offers a sweeping and often riveting account of the personalities and exploits of both men whose paths repeatedly crossed as the post-Civil War frontier moved westward. . . . This is an enjoyable saga that will appeal to both Western aficionados and general readers." ―
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"Clavin’s book brims with a colorful collection of real outlaws, sex workers, gamblers, and chorus dancers whose personalities, deeds, and even nicknames help readers understand why the Western legend entranced the nation in the first place. To know the history of Dodge City is to understand how the West was won, and this history is often just as captivating and strange as the legends that have supplanted it." ―
Publishers Weekly

"An extraordinary account of the iconic Wild West town of Dodge City, KS. . . . Clavin brings true personality to a severe Earp and the affable but steady-nerved Masterson during their roles in taming the wildest excesses of the Western frontier." ―Library Journal

"The author paints a lively portrait of the town and its denizens, particularly those well-known enforcers. Along the way, he reveals a few lesser-known aspects of their characters . . . . A must-have for buffs." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Tales of the Old West seem to improve with age. . . . [Clavin] brings into sharp focus stories that long ago acquired the sepia tone of antiquity. . . . Clavin’s storytelling skills shine as he chronicles the personal histories of the now-mythical pair, tracing the years of their reign in the West and providing an intriguing look at their comradeship. . . . Clavin’s bold narrative of life in a nation still coming of age provides a shot of good old-fashioned escapism. . . . [A] rip-roarin’ read." ―BookPage

"Tom Clavin's
Dodge City is a lesson in historical reporting, exhaustively researched and enthusiastically written with all the page-turning drive of a modern thriller. He's swept aside a century of cheesy myth to excavate the far more fascinating reality that lay beneath. In his hands, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, James Butler Hickok, and that salty perennial Doc Holliday rise from their graves to strut across a raw frontier smelling of fresh-sawn pine, buffalo guts, and human blood." ―Loren D. Estleman, author of Cape Hell

"Tom Clavin has produced a sharp picture of the brief but vivid culture of the 19th century cattle towns."
Larry McMurtry, bestselling author of Lonesome Dove and Comanche Moon

"I loved Clavin’s
The Heart of Everything That Is, so I already knew I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller with his new history of the American West. But, wow! 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Fortress and Hunting Eichmann

"In a time when understanding America's real frontier past has never been more crucial, Tom Clavin's
Dodge City cuts through popular mythology and offers both clarity and fine entertainment - in other words, it's a book that anyone interested in Western history needs to read." ―Jeff Guinn, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Gunfight

About the Author

TOM CLAVIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include The Heart of Everything That Is and the bestselling Frontier trilogy, Dodge City, Wild Bill and Tombstone. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press; 1st Edition (February 28, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250071488
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250071484
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.37 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.58 x 1.38 x 9.59 inches
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TOM CLAVIN, whose most recent book is TOMBSTONE, is a bestselling author who has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times covering entertainment, sports, and the environment. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. Four of his books have been New York Times best sellers: THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS, DODGE CITY, HALSEY'S TYPHOON, and THE LAST STAND OF FOX COMPANY. Other books that have received popular and critical acclaim include the third book in the "Frontier Lawmen" trilogy, WILD BILL, as well as VALLEY FORGE, ALL BLOOD RUNS RED, RECKLESS, THE DiMAGGIOS, and LUCKY 666. Tom is also a nationally syndicated columnist and "The Overlook" can be found at tomclavin.substack.com. His next book, BLOOD AND TREASURE: DANIEL BOONE AND THE FIGHT FOR AMERICA'S FIRST FRONTIER, his latest collaboration with Bob Drury, will be published on April 20 by St. Martin's Press. For more information, go to tomclavin.com

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