• Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

  • Race and Ethnicity in the American West Series #1
  • By: Art T. Burton
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-23-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.2 (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of "eight notable Oklahomans", the "most feared US marshal in the Indian country". That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Bucking the odds ("I'm sorry, we didn't keep black people's history," a clerk at one of Oklahoma's local historical societies answered a query), Art T. Burton sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late 19th-century America - and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and other Southern native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves' story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.
©2006 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2015 Tantor
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By Derrick on 12-17-15

inspiring story and insightful

The performance was great in that it immerses you in the story. Sometimes get lost with the
list of names, but the audible book was a great inspiring listen. It really gets the metal movie going. The book gets one thinking about all the American History that isn't taught.

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By K. Lange on 07-18-17

Should have been a great book!

What disappointed you about Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves?

Author did a terrible job. Constantly displayed his affection toward the subject. Actually suggested that a Black Marshall from the Indian Territory "could have been" the source of the Lone Ranger myth. He would recount an event in detail then read multiple news articles that would give you the same details.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Butler’s performances?

Yes. The Narrator was fine/good.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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