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Rosa, Joseph G.

Overview
Works: 48 works in 165 publications in 4 languages and 9,889 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Biography‡vPictorial works  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Other
Classifications: F594.H62, B
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Most widely held works about Joseph G Rosa
 
Most widely held works by Joseph G Rosa
They called him Wild Bill : the life and adventures of James Butler Hickok by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

23 editions published between 1964 and 1992 in English and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography which attempts to separate fact from fiction in Wild Bill Hickok's colorful career
The gunfighter: man or myth? by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 1989 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gunfighter was a man bred in a lawless and violent era of civil war, range wars, and greed for land and gold. As the West became settled and law and order were established, the gunfighter passed into the realm of romance. What part of the gunfighter legend is true?
Wild Bill Hickok : the man and his myth by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excavating the reality behind the myth, author Rosa delves into the exploits and ego that defined Hickok and shows how the man was overtaken by his own legend. Rosa exposes a controversial and charismatic man--army and Indian scout, wagon master, courier, frontiersman, gunfighter, lawman, prospector, addicted gambler, and short-time actor--who was elevated from regional fame to national notoriety by inadvertently being in the right place at the right time. Aggrandized in an 1867 Harper's article, Hickok reluctantly embraced his exaggerated role in a far-fetched but exciting story. Establishing the role an overzealous press and fortune-seeking dime novelists played in immortalizing Wild Bill, Rosa reveals a great deal about how myths were initiated and perpetuated to glorify the nineteenth-century frontier.--From publisher description
The taming of the West : age of the gunfighter : men and weapons on the frontier, 1840-1900 by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gunfighters ... in their own time men described them as "man-killers," but by the early years of this century they were generally called "gunfighters," a part man, part myth, based upon the exploits of a breed of men spawned in the war with Mexico in 1846. In adolescence they witnessed the California goldrush of 1849, the Kansas-Missouri border wars of the 1850s, and during the Civil War reached maturity fighting as guerrillas on both sides. Adult life was spent in the post-war cattle, rail and mining boom towns, and during this turbulent period they came into their own. This book includes twenty-seven outstanding color spreads featuring artifacts from the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, Los Angeles, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, which superb collections add another dimension to this story of the West
Buffalo Bill and his Wild West : a pictorial biography by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The West of Wild Bill Hickok by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reproduces all the known portraits of Wild Bill Hickok along with a selection of photos of his family, friends and foes. Includes a biographical essay
The West : from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee: the turbulent story of the settling of frontier America( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guns of the American West by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and German and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the development of the weapons used by the pioneers of the American West
Age of the gunfighter : men and weapons on the frontier, 1840-1900 by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Completely illustrated with historic photos of the most famous gunfighters of the wild West, this wealth of well researched and documented facts about gunfighters is an encyclopedia of information for the history buff. Vintage guns pictured
Wild Bill Hickok : sharpshooter and U.S. marshal of the wild West by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and activities of the Western lawman called Wild Bill Hickok
An illustrated history of guns and small arms by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rowdy Joe Lowe : gambler with a gun by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pleasure of guns : the intricate and beautiful work of famous gunsmiths by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild Bill Hickok, gunfighter : an account of Hickok's gunfights by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Butler Hickok, generally called "Wild Bill," epitomized the archetypal gunfighter, that half-man, half-myth that became the heir to the mystique of the duelist when that method of resolving differences waned. . . . Easy access to a gun and whiskey coupled with gambling was the cause of most gunfights--few of which bore any resemblance to the gentlemanly duel of earlier times. . . . Hickok?s gunfights were unusual in that most of them were "fair" fights, not just killings resulting from rage, jealousy over a woman, or drunkenness. And, the majority of his encounters were in his role as lawman or as an individual upholding the law."--from Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok (1837-1876) was a Civil War spy and scout, Indian fighter, gambler, and peace officer. He was also one of the greatest gunfighters in the West. His peers referred to his reflexes as "phenomenal" and to his skill with a pistol as "miraculous." In Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter, Joseph G. Rosa, the world's foremost authority on Hickok, provides an informative examination of Hickok's many gunfights. Rosa describes the types of guns used by Hickok and illustrates his use of the plains? style of "quick draw," as well as examining other elements of the Hickok legend. He even reconsiders the infamous "dead man's hand" allegedly held by Hickok when he was shot to death at age thirty-nine while playing poker. Numerous photographs and drawings accompany Rosa's down-to-earth text.--Amazon.com
Gun law : a study of violence in the Wild West by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonel Colt, London : the history of Colt's London firearms, 1851-1857 by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gunsmoke : a study of violence in the Wild West by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cowboy, the man and the myth by Robin May( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alias Jack McCall, a pardon or death? : an account of the trial, petition for a Presidential pardon, and execution of John McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok by Joseph G Rosa( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portugal, língua e cultura by Eduardo Mayone Dias( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in Portuguese and Undetermined and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The gunfighter: man or myth?
Alternative Names
Rosa, Joseph George.

Rosa, Joseph George 1932-2015

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The gunfighter: man or myth?Wild Bill Hickok : the man and his mythThe taming of the West : age of the gunfighter : men and weapons on the frontier, 1840-1900Buffalo Bill and his Wild West : a pictorial biographyThe West of Wild Bill HickokThe West : from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee: the turbulent story of the settling of frontier AmericaAge of the gunfighter : men and weapons on the frontier, 1840-1900Wild Bill Hickok : sharpshooter and U.S. marshal of the wild WestWild Bill Hickok, gunfighter : an account of Hickok's gunfights