This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West's most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women offers a glimpse into the Western women's experience that's less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late 1800s, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boomtowns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, Wicked Women includes famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate as well as lesser known characters.
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Strong Women Out West
Fascinating, Daring, Informative.
No favorite. All of the ladies were special.
The scene where the madam shoots her lover one night, misses, then shoots him the next.
- William R. Toddmancillas
Good but certain mispronunciations were annoying
Prostitution, Gambling, Suicide
It gave a viewpoint that prostitution and gambling were the few alternatives for independently minded females, either by choice or circumstances, in the historical western U.S.A.
She seemed to mostly portray the women, as if they were all Mae West imitations. Being raised in Nevada, it was like nails on a chalkboard for the constant mispronouncing of "Nevada." To perform a historical audiobook, it would seem that pronouncing names improperly takes away from the credibility of the information.
It felt a bit like almost the same stories over and over again. Prostitution and or gambling into suicide or death in old age... over and over again...