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The Shootist

by Glendon Swarthout

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well, it is a good, solid end-of-the-West story, about the decline of craftsmanship in a non-existent profession, that of the Gun-fighter. That mythical leap being negotiated, there's a nice piece of character development here. Later made into a vehicle for John Wayne. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Apr 25, 2014 |
A short but very sweet tale of a gunslinger who learns he has cancer. The vultures fly in but J.B. Books stays strong. Gripping from start to finish -- I read it in about a week! Great characterizations and exciting action. My favorite western yet! ( )
  wethewatched | Sep 24, 2013 |
This is a modern classic Western, that turns out not like the movie and not as I would like it. The movie was milktoast compared to the book. Ronald Reagan said it was one of the best books ever written, and I won't agree, but it is memorable. Anyone who enjoys the genre should read this story. ( )
  brickhorse | May 29, 2012 |
If you have to read one book from front to back, read this one. The intro to the book is a huge treat. After reading this book, I do not think I could ever watch the movie version.

*Have a dictionary handy before reading this book. ( )
  seki | Jul 27, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425164195, Mass Market Paperback)

This is the all-time classic novel chosen by the Western Writers of America as one of the best western novels ever wrttten. It is also the inspiration for John Wayne's last great starring role--the acclaimed 1976 film, The Shootist This special commemorative edition includes a brand new introduction by the author's son, Miles Swarthout, in which he talks about his father's work and the making of the legendary film.

* Chosen by the Western Writers of America as one of the Best Western Novels Ever Written

* Endorsed by Former President Ronald Reagan as "A treasured edition to my library."

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:02 -0400)

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The shootist in John Bernard Books, a man of principle and the only surviving gunfighter in a vanishing American West. He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, on the day of Queen Victoria's demise, there to be told by a doctor that he must soon confront the greatest shootist of all: Death.… (more)

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