Books: Long-Hair Horse Opera

THE LIVES AND LEGENDS OF BUFFALO BILL (514 pp.)—Don Russell—University of Oklahoma ($5.95).

Before Gunsmoke came along to stun the child mind, there must have been a bad moment in the youth of every American now in the cardiac bracket when he realized that Buffalo Bill was a bit of a fraud. He simply could not have done all the heroic things that he claimed to have done. Today's child will probably be surprised to learn that Buffalo Bill was not a phony—or just a legend like Paul Bunyan —but a real man, and an...

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