Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/buffalo-bill-scout-showman-visionary[12/8/2015 12:30:08 PM] Home Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, VisionaryBuffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, VisionarySubmitted by jainlayconley on 1-10-2011 09:35 AMAuthor: Steve Friesen Publishing: Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, Inc., 2010. Black and white photos, index, endnotes. ix+165 pages. 8 x 9. $22.95 paperback. Reviewer: Linda Wommack Buffalo Bill gave the Old West more exposure than anyone who actually scouted, tracked, and advanced the West of the nineteenth century. Over the years, books about the great scout and greater showman have been rolling off modern presses like stampeding bison. Most of these volumes do manage to offer something new on the life and times of this colorful character. Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary the latest entry from Steve Friesen, the director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden, Colorado, is a welcome addition. Friesens book is packed with the stuff that legends are made of, based as it is on the extensive collection of personal effects, documents, correspondence, and thousands of artifacts housed at the museum. William F. Cody was an American celebrity of the first order, and interest in him seems to be as lasting as his vision of the Wild Westthe era he portrayed so vividly, if not always realistically, in his traveling show of that name; but such is show business, as well as the genius of Cody. As Americas first worldwide celebrity, Cody took his Wild West all over America and to Europe, often for years at a time. The everchanging show remained fresh for eager audiences for an amazing twenty-five years. In these 160 pages, Friesen chronicles Codys life from his early childhood, through his years as a scout on the Great Plains, to his career as a master showman as Buffalo Bill. As the author is the director of a museum devoted to Buffalo Bill, many of the artifacts and photographs highlighted in the book are from its collection. As expected, the book contains many photographs. And a treasury of images they are. This is where the book comes into its own. The captions and text add context to Codys life story. For it is in Friesens knowledge of these images and documents that the reader gains much insight into Cody. In his capacity at the museum, Friesen has worked with experts from all over the world, collecting, verifying, and documenting authentic artifacts and personal items relating to the legendary William F. Cody. Clearly William Cody made his mark as both a scout and a showman but, as the title of the book suggests, he was also a true visionary. A fresh new perspective on the life and times of William F. Cody, Friesens work sets this book apart from the many works on the life of Cody. Reviewer Info: Linda Wommack, a Colorado native, has authored six books on Colorado history. She writes for local publications as well as a monthly column in the national Wild West magazine, has been a contributing editor for True West magazine for fifteen years, and is a staff writer for Arizonas oldest continuing EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanThe Ute people have lived in Colorado longer than anyone else.
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