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The Legend of Bass Reeves

CRITICS HAVE SAID

  • Paulsen doesn’t romanticize the Wild West or flinch from descriptions of the lawlessness (including murder and prostitution) that was rampant in the Territory, but this dark backdrop only serves to illuminate Reeves’s heroism. The protagonist is a fully fleshed-out character whose story is made all the more satisfying by the truth behind it.
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