But I had read Tom Clavin’s The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend – a biopic about Red Cloud, one of the most powerful chiefs of the Oglala Sioux and a contemporary of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse – and decided to give a pass at Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West.
To keep it short and simple, the book had too many players with a narrative that went back and forth in time without a clear through-line. I’m sure it didn’t help that as a result of my waning interest, I read four other books while slowly tackling Dodge City. I did enjoy learning about Bat Masterson and several other contemporaries of Wyatt Earp whose stories have not carried the same mystique and have been obscured by the annals of time.
If you like the legends of the gunslingers of the Wild West, you may find Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West interesting.