The most comprehensive biography of Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith ever written. An extraordinary confidence man, gambler, and all-around bad man is set against the carefully researched historical times of the evolving Old West. I spent 25 years researching and writing the life and murderous death of one of the West's most infamous, and some say often unfairly maligned, masters of the criminal arts and natural-born leaders of men. Was Soapy Smith a "good man"? This history points to Sometimes. Was he a "bad man"? Without doubt, Often. In this book, from Georgia to Texas, from Denver and the silver and gold boomtowns of Colorado, to Mexico and the Western states to the great Northwest, and to the last frontier, Alaska, you will travel with Soapy Smith to his criminal empires and final bold, deadly showdown with vigilantes.

  • 628 pages (plus photo pages = 660 pages total).
  • 54 photographs (most never before published).
  • Fully indexed.
  • Fully sourced.
  • Many never before published personal and business letters and documents.
  • Many new facts and stories never before published.
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