The travel journal of the wealthy young Englishman, Evelyn Booth, weaves a factual, enthralling, and entertaining narrative that follows his escapades throughout the United States of the late nineteenth century. Transcribed and edited (with relevant commentary for contemporary audiences) by Kellen Cutsforth, Booth s journal reveals his career as a young care-free frat boy with unlimited funds, gives first-hand accounts that involve drunken nights, fist fights, illicit sex with prostitutes, sporting events, and full-blown adventures with the most well-known celebrities of the day, including encounters with famous scout and showman William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody and the Wild West Cowboys; bare knuckled world champions John L. Sullivan and Jack Nonpareil Dempsey; Fred Archer, the most famous horse jockey of the day, and prostitutes, gamblers, and infamous houses.”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow! How amazing that a surviving journal from so long ago could tell us so much about the adventures of its owners as well as about a famous historical figure.
I really enjoyed this book. Kellen Cutsforth did a great job retaining the original feel of the journal’s text, yet making it a bit clearer for all who read it whom the author of each section was and replacing any names that had been shortened.
This was a really fascinating look at what life was like during the Days of Buffalo Bill. I think anyone who has an interest in the Wild West would get a big kick out of this.
I love journals and writings from days gone by, and am always amazed at those that have been preserved well enough as to be legible today. This book is a treasure and is worth a recommendation.
One of the incredible things about reading something like this, is that you know these were the real thoughts and opinions of an actual person, showing you a world that existed before you. I thank the author for sharing this with the rest of us.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.