Oklahoma Rough Rider (Nonfiction)

Edited by Jim Fulbright and Albert Stehno, University of Oklahoma Press, $19.95, Softcover.
Edited by Jim Fulbright and Albert Stehno, University of Oklahoma Press, $19.95, Softcover.

Never heard of Billy McGinty? Most of us haven’t, but this guy did everything. He was an Oklahoma cowboy, a Roosevelt Rough Rider, a performer with the Buffalo Bill Wild West show, a radio cowboy musician, a deputy sheriff, an oil speculator, a cattle rancher, a rodeo bronc rider and a parade leader and producer who ultimately made it into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. The first part of this book contains McGinty’s own narrative of his life experiences, told in direct but enchanting prose. The rest of the book is a continuation of the rest of his life as constructed by the authors. This is truly an insightful, informative and entertaining biography that includes a great many more notable figures than McGinty. It’s a real keeper.

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