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John Ringo, King of the Cowboys: His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone, Second Edition (A.C. Greene Series) di [Johnson, David]
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Few names in the lore of western gunmen are as recognizable. Few lives of the most notorious are as little known. Romanticized and made legendary, John Ringo fought and killed for what he believed was right. As a teenager, Ringo was rushed into sudden adulthood when his father was killed tragically in the midst of the family's overland trek to California. As a young man he became embroiled in the blood feud turbulence of post-Reconstruction Texas. The Mason County “Hoo Doo” War in Texas began as a war over range rights, but it swiftly deteriorated into blood vengeance and spiraled out of control as the body count rose. In this charnel house Ringo gained a reputation as a dangerous gunfighter and man killer. He was proclaimed throughout the state as a daring leader, a desperate man, and a champion of the feud. Following incarceration for his role in the feud, Ringo was elected as a lawman in Mason County, the epicenter of the feud’s origin. The reputation he earned in Texas, further inflated by his willingness to shoot it out with Victorio’s raiders during a deadly confrontation in New Mexico, preceded him to Tombstone in territorial Arizona. Ringo became immersed in the area’s partisan politics and factionalized violence. A champion of the largely Democratic ranchers, Ringo would become known as a leader of one of these elements, the Cowboys. He ran at bloody, tragic odds with the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, finally being part of the posse that hounded these fugitives from Arizona. In the end, Ringo died mysteriously in the Arizona desert, his death welcomed by some, mourned by others, wrongly claimed by a few. Initially published in 1996, John Ringo has been updated to a second edition with much new information researched and uncovered by David Johnson and other Ringo researchers.

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  • Editore: University of North Texas Press; 2 edizione (1 ottobre 2012)
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HASH(0x97d0ad98) su 5 stelle Finally! An Accurate Account 27 settembre 2013
Di pushcrash - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
Johnson does an excellent job in giving not only a factual and well-documented account of Ringo's life, but spends a great deal of effort giving it historical and cultural context typically missing from biographies concerning this period in the Old West.

Although Johnson's insistence on not romanticising or falsifying Ringo's story may have irritated those who desire only the traditional drama of shoot-outs and mob lynchings, he does a tremendous service in prying loose the goo of unsubstantiated rumor, gossip, and outright fantasy so often indulged by other biographers. A taste for Old West novels is of course understandable. But this is not a novel masquerading as a biography. It's the real deal. We get an opportunity to see Ringo and those he associated with in their natural setting - which was contentious and violent times, at best. And, Ringo's reputation as a career criminal falls apart under Johnson's scrutiny.

I did note a couple of errors regarding some more distant associations of Ringo's, but none of these are of a serious nature in terms of this biography, itself. It becomes obvious almost immediately that Johnson is an educated genealogist, who not only relies reasonably on written records ignored by others, but he does an excellent job of 'sanity checking' many rumors and myths with hard evidence. It is one thing to plow through thousands of old documents, but another matter entirely to assemble those facts and figures into a working portrait of a person. This is not by any means the typical sloppy work of those who prefer high drama and hard punchlines over reality and thoughtful rendering of those realities.

You can feel assured that this volume will leave you with a clear and well-documented picture of Ringo, including who he really was, where he came from, and the various obstacles and challenges he encountered in his life.
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HASH(0x97d0adec) su 5 stelle This is one poorly written book 29 luglio 2008
Di Bruce A. Robson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
The title of this book is very misleading. The book has more than 270 pages of which probably 40 are about Johnny Ringo. It is filled with details of the Hoo Doo war and 1880's Tombstone. The author apparently used this book to deliver his views on these two subjects. The book bounces around chronologically to fit the authors desire to make a poorly documented point. It's odd that he goes into detail about Johnny Ringo's distant relatives, this diatribe goes no where but he fails to provide relevant opposing views and research on views of Hoo Doo and Tombstone, he chooses to omit it. Ridiculous statements come out of no where like "Ringo was feeling melancholy at this time", how he possibly could know this is not documented.
This book is a huge waste of money. The publisher should be ashamed to have their name on it.
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HASH(0x97e50c90) su 5 stelle An absorbing, skillfully told narrative biography 11 luglio 2008
Di Midwest Book Review - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Now in an updated second edition, John Ringo King of the Cowboys: His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone is a biography of one of the most well-known gunmen of the American West. Deprived of his father during a family overland trek to California, and enmeshed in a blood feud engulfing post-Reconstruction Texas, Ringo earned his reputation as one of the deadliest gunfighters alive. After being incarcerated for his role in the feud, Ringo was elected as a lawman in Mason County, where the feud had originated. Ringo remained firmly in the center of the region's partisan politics and outbursts of violence as a lethal enemy to raiders and a champion of the (mostly Democratic) ranchers. He was an antagonist of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, and was part of the posse that eventually routed them from Arizona. Ringo's death remains partly a mystery; he perished in the Arizona desert, his name revered by some and cursed by others. An absorbing, skillfully told narrative biography that effectively transports the reader to a rugged and lawless century past.
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HASH(0x97e50e7c) su 5 stelle John Ringo,King of the Cowboys 28 dicembre 2010
Di Daria Fedyshyn - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
This is a great book, if you want to get a true sense of the real John Ringo. Hollywood has mucked up so many people's lives from the Old West, that it's a
breath of fresh air when you can read what the person was truly like from others that knew him. Excellent reading!
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HASH(0x97e50e1c) su 5 stelle An informative read! 17 novembre 2009
Di kj - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
A great read for those truly interested in the subject matter. If research and Western history are your thing, then this is the book for you!
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