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The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know.

How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.

©2015 Warm Springs Productions, LLC and Life of O'Reilly Productions (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • Daniel J. Williams
  • 11-08-16

Great book

While I really enjoyed the book as I love the western stories, this book was more of a combination of mini books or stories/ bios and the book didn't flow like the Legends and Lies patriot book. If you know nothing about the characters then it is a great overview. If you have read other stories, I doubt you will gain much knowledge here. I suppose you could dedicate an entire book to each individual mentioned in the book and still not cover all of their life but I just wish this book would have dug a bit deeper or maybe eliminated a few characters so more discussion on the others would have been possible.

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  • Raegan Lalli
  • 20-03-17

Interesting topic, weak performance

Guess I should've known better than to get excited about Luke Duke reading... maybe my expectations were too high but I didn't really think it was done all that well. When Tom did "voices" it seemed corny.
Content was good but not as good as some of Bill's other books.
I'd still listen to it again, but it's just not a few be star.

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  • JustMe
  • 17-08-15

To tell the truth

Nice to hear the real stories about real people. The old west was dirty, and glorious. You did good Bill. As always!

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  • catuualos
  • 22-05-15

Great look at history of the west

A great look at the history of settling the American West. give insights to the stories of the people that have been portrayed throughout history. it also shows how history repeats itself.

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  • jmelliesr
  • 22-04-15

Old West

Excellent narration! Learned many facts
and characters I was not aware of before taking this journey! Can't wait for Oreilly's next production!

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  • Adrian
  • 21-04-15

Fantastic!

Puts you in the saddle, the saloon or the Alamo! Superbly narrated. Really fun and interesting audio book to listen to. Highly recommend it.

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  • Kris Wright
  • 13-04-15

Great for wild west history buffs

This was a great book! Tells the facts from the myths. A must read/listen book!

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  • H. Pat Artis
  • 13-04-15

Made a long dive easy

Nice narrative style and he clearly says what is surmised or uncertain. If you grew up on westerns, this will be a delight

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  • Dave
  • 12-04-15

loved it

its a great book of the old west. you learn something new with each chapter

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  • Beth Keenan
  • 26-01-17

enjoyable history

Great telling of American legends. looking forward to listening to next O'REILLY book. Well read.

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