In an engaging style, Burrows shoots down the romantic myth that Ringo was a deadeye gunman with evidence based on years of careful research.
The product of a three-decade search for facts, this entertaining and easy-to-read book is likely to stand forever as the final significant word concerning the myth surrounding one of Arizona's most notorious gunmen, a 'vicious and dangerous drunk' who might well have been forgotten were it not for the euphony of his name.
Books of the Southwest
This well-reasoned analysis of a major Western myth is an important contribution to the history of the West.
The wealth of new information Burrows has unearthed helps put Ringer in proper perspective. In addition, the author's analysis of how the gunfighter myth developed should invite a wider audience than the somewhat specialized subject would indicate.
This book is an absolute must for students of Western outlaws and makes mighty fine reading for the 'armchair cowpoke.'
Burrows has done a masterful job of collecting information about the elusive Western figure, John Ringo, and shows not only the man but the web of myth that has spun around him in the last century.
The Book Reader