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Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman (South Dakota Biography Series) Paperback – 30 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society (30 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979894050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979894053
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 11.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,583,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David A. Wolff is associate professor of history at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, USA. He is an award-winning author focusing on Black Hills, South Dakota, mining, and western history.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
More than a Lawman 17 Jun. 2009
By David P. Whelan - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Deadwood that comes to life in David Wolff's biography of Seth Bullock is the maturing community that one would expect to arise after the hype of wild west shootouts, gunslinging, and stage robberies finally dies down. Which is not to say that those are lacking, but while Bullock started off as a lawman and ended as one, the entrepreneurialism and business enterprises that characterized the greater part of his life are really the focus of this biography.

Bullock is the prototypical big-picture person, who saw great things in his own future and his life reflected his attempts. Not always with success, but it is clear that Bullock's leadership, and willingness to lead, were a major part of his impact on South Dakota.

Wolff, a history professor at Black Hills State University, acknowledges that this relatively short biography is an overview of Bullock's life. It is fascinating to see Deadwood's struggles to become a site for investment and new business, the ups and downs of mining, and the political activity of a western town. His political connections and friendship with Theodore Roosevelt are interesting due to their subsequent impact on Bullock as a Rough Rider and his contributions to land management.

The writing is a bit academic, but it's clear and easy to read. Wolff's sources are extensive, and with a bibliography supplementing the footnotes, are a treasure trove for anyone who wants to dig further into Bullock's life.

This is an excellent addition to any Western history collection, whether personal or library. It's a quick introduction to a variety of aspects of Bullock's, and South Dakotan, development.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
well worth reading 11 May 2009
By Dennis Mccown - Published on
Format: Paperback
I do a lot of reading on the Old West. Generally, recent books break down into cheap, poorly written commercial non-fiction or dry academic yawners. There are exceptions, of course. Scott Zesch's "The Captured" and James McLaird's "Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend" are two of my favorites. Joining my list of exceptions now is Dr. David A. Wolff's "Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman," the third volume in the South Dakota Biography Series put out by the South Dakota State Historical Society.
Wolff, an associate professor of history at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, has produced a readable, well researched, and interesting biography of this important pioneer. Bullock, of course, is remembered as a lawman and pioneer. The Seth Bullock character in the memorable HBO series "Deadwood" only hinted at the larger role the real Bullock achieved. David A. Wolff explores Bullock's actual career as a pioneer, entrepreneur, developer, lawman, businessman, promoter, and friend of Teddy Roosevelt. This book should be on the book shelf of anyone interested not only in South Dakota's history, but the history of the West.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Of interest to anyone seeking the man behind the legend 15 Sept. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sometimes truth is more interesting than the fiction. "Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman" tells the story of the man who has become known in modern society for being portrayed in television, movies, and American folklore alongside famed President Teddy Roosevelt. He was a successful lawman, and he was a vital figure in South Dakota history. "Seth Bullock" is of interest to anyone seeking the man behind the legend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Black Hills Pioneer 19 April 2011
By Edward B. Hamblin - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In the HBO series "Deadwood" there were many misrepresentations of characters who in reality made major contributions to the development of the area. The true history of Seth Bullock is a most interesting read. It opens your eyes to a real "Pioneer of the Hills".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
High expectations 8 Feb. 2014
By Larry Richardson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I suppose after seeing Deadwood on TV and having visited the town of Deadwood a few years ago, I may have had unrealistic expectations for this book. The story was so clinical that I never felt like I really got to know the man. Seems like Bullock represents the story of Deadwood better than just about anyone could, and yet this book left me feeling like I knew a lot about all the things he had done and accomplished without ever really understanding the human side of the man. The book seemed well researched, but just never grabbed me as I had hoped.
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