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DeArment wrote one of the best biographies of Masterson in the 1970s and it's still in print. With this book the author closes the arc on his subject's life. DeArment isn't sentimental about Bat Masterson--a positive attribute for a biographer. The picture painted is of a genuinely tough, highly social self-promoter who, in the words of Jack Dempsey, "Didn't know shit about boxing." Amend that to he didn't know as much as he thought he knew, nor as much as others gave him credit for. His major predictions were wrong more than they were right. Too often emotion clouded his judgment. He was sustained by his reputation as an Old West Sherriff, his circle of friends, and his years of experience hanging around boxing rings. He knew practically everyone in the fight game. He was rigidly honest. He was financially well-off. He was quick to trade punches. When he moved to New York City from Denver he embraced the Big Apple totally and called himself a "Broadway Guy." And that's who this biography is about: "Broadway Bat."
i enjoyed learning about his life once he came to nyc. he was quite a character a little bit drawn out but a book i would recommend especially for those who like American history.