In Dragging Wyatt Earp essayist Robert Rebein
explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return
to the iconic Western town of Dodge City, Kansas. In chapters
ranging from memoir to reportage to revisionist history, Rebein
contrasts his hometown's Old West heritage with a New West reality
that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored
teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.
Along the way, Rebein covers a vast expanse of place and time and
revisits a number of Western myths, including those surrounding
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Cheyenne chief Black Kettle,
George Armstrong Custer, and of course Wyatt Earp himself. Rebein
rides a bronc in a rodeo, spends a day as a pen rider at a local
feedlot, and attempts to "buck the tiger" at Dodge City's new Boot
Hill Casino and Resort.
Funny and incisive, Dragging Wyatt Earp is an exciting new
entry in what is sometimes called the nonfiction of place. It is a
must- read for anyone interested in Western history, contemporary
memoir, or the collision of Old and New West on the High Plains of
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