Ben Thompson: Portrait of a Gunfighter

Ben Thompson was a remarkable man. Not even the wildest, most dangerous character in the early West could claim more excitement, danger, drama, and tragedy into their lives than Thompson. He had many jobs that required his skill, bravery and raw nerve. His life and adventures are well told in Ben Thompson - Portrait of a Gunfighter written by Thomas C. Dicknell and Chuck Parsons and published by the University of North Texas Press.

Thompson has not been as well known as his contemporaries  Wyatt Earp, “Buffalo” Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, John Wesley Hardin, and Wild Bill Hickok, John Ringo, and Doc Holliday. The magazine and pulp fiction writers who found their careers highlighting these characters, failed to present Thompson to the reading public. Perhaps, this can be credited to his name, which is gnerally not as engaging and exciting as the names of the other Old West characters. This book makes up for their negligence. Not all these famous characters considered Thompson, a friend, but their acquaintances did provide excitement and often danger.

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