Deadwood's Al Swearingen
Manifest Evil in the Gem Theatre

by Jerry L. Bryant
and Barbara Fifer

published by Farcountry Press

  • You've followed his wicked misdeeds and cuss-filled rants on the HBO series Deadwood (as played by Ian McShane), now go inside the life and death of the real Al Swearingen with Farcountry Press' newest release, Deadwood's Al Swearingen: Manifest Evil in the Gem Theatre. Meticulous research and lively writing by Deadwood historian and HBO consultant Jerry L. Bryant and co-author Barbara Fifer shed new light on Al's scandalized childhood in Oskaloosa, Iowa, his nefarious dealings at his saloon and brothel in gold-rush-era Deadwood, and his brutal death (was he murdered?) in a Denver rail yard.

144 pages, 6 x 9 , 34 b/w photos, index, appendix, 60 softcovers per case

ISBN 10: 1560377232
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-723-8

June 2018

  • Includes photograph of Al Swearingen tending bar at the Gem Theatre
  • Never-before-published images of Al Swearingen's burial records and obituary
  • New information about Al and his twin brother Lemuel, and how they both died
  • Features meticulous research and lively writing from Deadwood historian (and HBO series consultant) Jerry L. Bryant

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Deadwood's Al Swearingen
Manifest Evil in the Gem Theatre

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The late Jerry L. Bryant, a member of Registered Professional Archaeologists, was a historian with a passion for solving the riddles of Deadwood's past and preserving the Black Hills' historic sites and stories. Many of those stories are told in his previous book with Farcountry Press, Deadwood Saints and Sinners. As one of the foremost authorities in the life of Al Swearingen, Bryant was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on the HBO series Deadwood. Bryant held a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's in cultural resources management, working in that capacity for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Adams Museum in Deadwood. He was also a decorated Navy veteran.

Barbara Fifer align= The late Barbara Fifer was a freelance writer and editor in Helena, Montana. She authored and co-authored popular histories and geographies for adults and children, including five books on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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