Warren continues with detailed analysis of the meaning of Buffalo Bill's show -- including comparisons to Bram Stoker's Dracula. We feel the power of both the American West and Cody's near-simultaneous interpretation of it.
Of most interest to me is how the book is more history than biography. The title is wonderful because the book is indeed a portrait of the nation Cody strode through. But the man himself is always a bit hidden in the lack of source material. For all of the wildly fictionalized stories about him (and his acceptance of them), Cody himself was rather circumspect. Thus we have to see him through his actions, and others' responses.
Of course those actions are so huge that "Buffalo Bill's America" makes a powerful history of a fascinating era.
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