|Plot Summary of Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California|
|"A great account of some of the famous outlaws and criminals in California during the second half of the 19th Century. Author John Boessenecker splits the book into a series of short histories about criminals and the crimes they committed. Substantial attention is also given to the lawmen who hunted for these criminals and their careers in law enforcement. Boessenecker provides detail about the small towns where these crimes took place, and the social conditions in each town. The book provides a source of information about infamous criminals and lawmen who are often forgotten in accounts of 19th Century California history.
Mark Simpson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
- criminal (general)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- accused criminal
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked men
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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