Robert DeArment's BAT MASTERSON was one of the first biographies of a Old West character that was rigorously researched. using as many primary sources as available at the time, and with sources footnoted. Without books like DeArment's showing others the way to produce Lawman/Outlaw books as serious history, we would not be where we are today. I don't disagree with anything y'all are pointing out, just that any critique of his early writing must be given in context. He corrected the great majority of his mistakes in BAT MASTERSON in his later indispensable writings, including GUNFIGHTER IN GOTHAM: BAT MASTERSON IN NEW YORK.
If DeArment's timeline of Bat's adventures are correct, Wyatt did a lot of lying. Wyatt wasn't a buff hunter in '72. Wyatt didn't stand down Ben Thompson, Wyatt and Morgan didn't bump into Wild Bill... more
Hey, Bob! About 1/5 (my guess) of the book are contemporary news articles, personal letters, etc. I couldn't agree more, this is the correct way to put a "History of..." together. And it's a VERY... more