Annie Oakley
The name is tattooed in American legend. In the late 1880s, she became an international star, a brilliant markswoman who astounded audiences from Philadelphia to Paris with her skill. But her image often veers from reality: she wasn’t from the West, but from Ohio. She wasn’t a boisterous tomboy, but a quiet, rather prim and religious woman who nonetheless blazed a trail for woman performers in the years to come. This novel explores her amazing life.

Little Miss Sure Shot ISBN-1495450600

In his debut novel, Jeffrey Marshall re-creates the life of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The book is based largely on actual events and timelines but imagines the places she saw, conversations she had and people she met, including Queen Victoria, P.T. Barnum and Thomas Edison. The book spotlights Annie’s years with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which catapulted her to international fame in the late 1880s, and details the amazing shooting feats that made her unique. It also chronicles the loving marriage between Annie and Frank Butler, her husband and manager for 50 years.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Marshall Award Winning Journalist

Jeffrey Marshall grew up in Connecticut and lived most of his life in New Jersey. He worked for 35 years as a journalist, starting as a newspaper reporter and editor and Associated Press correspondent before moving into business journalism.

At American Banker, he was a feature writer, columnist, book reviewer and managing editor of a weekly supplement. He spent nine years at U.S. Banker as managing editor and editor-in-chief, then finished his career as director of publications for Financial Executives International and editor-in-chief of its magazine, Financial Executive.

This is Marshall’s first novel but third book, having published a business book on community reinvestment more than 20 years ago and a volume of collected poetry, River Ice, in 2009. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern.  He lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife, Judy, and is a board member of the Desert Foothills Land Trust in nearby Carefree.

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  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson

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  • I liked this a lot. I know a bit about her life and I thought it was rather well done. The overall composition of the book seemed a little thin, but the character work was great.

    - Hilary E. Ayer

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  • I've always been a fan of historical fiction. This book didn't fail me. I've wanted to know more about Annie Oakley, an amazing woman far beyond her time. Well researched. I highly recommend this. It seems written more toward the younger generation, but don't let that stop you.

    - Carmylita
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  • Good reading, lots of history of Annie

    - llamallady
  • I have loved Annie Oakley since I have been a child, watching the TV show. I even had a vest, skirt and six-shooters on a belt. Reading this book was a dream come true. Though i am not sure why they never had children, birth control was by no means sure at that time, so I assume Annie was sterile. She certainly had a worthwhile life, much more than shooting. No one has ever been able to match her skill.

    - deertoo
  • I've always been a fan of historical fiction. This book didn't fail me. I've wanted to know more about Annie Oakley, an amazing woman far beyond her time. Well researched. I highly recommend this. It seems written more toward the younger generation, but don't let that stop you.

    - Carmylita
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  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson

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  • The story of a bit of Americana history. I really enjoyed learning about Annie Oakley's very interesting life. She certainly was a legendary figure.

    - Merry G

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  • In an era of cowboys and indians, tough-guy manliness and manifest destiny, it is refreshing to discover that among America's most revered characters - known around the world - was this home-spun natural heroine.

    - D. A. Chamberlain
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  • This book provides some interesting detail about a person that we all have heard about since we were children, but most of us did not know much about the details of who this person really was. The book is well written, Mr. Marshall's experience as a professional journalist shows with his writing in this book

    - Pat OBrien
  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson
  • In an era of cowboys and indians, tough-guy manliness and manifest destiny, it is refreshing to discover that among America's most revered characters - known around the world - was this home-spun natural heroine.

    - D. A. Chamberlain
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  • A little girl rises from poverty to world fame because of her ability to shoot. She started out by hunting squirrels for her family to eat. Not only was she a world famous sharpshooter she and her husband also did a tremendous amount of charity work.

    - Peggy Johnston

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  • The story of a bit of Americana history. I really enjoyed learning about Annie Oakley's very interesting life. She certainly was a legendary figure.

    - Merry G

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  • Good reading, lots of history of Annie

    - llamallady
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  • I've always been a fan of historical fiction. This book didn't fail me. I've wanted to know more about Annie Oakley, an amazing woman far beyond her time. Well researched. I highly recommend this. It seems written more toward the younger generation, but don't let that stop you.

    - Carmylita
  • Good reading, lots of history of Annie

    - llamallady
  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson
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  • In an era of cowboys and indians, tough-guy manliness and manifest destiny, it is refreshing to discover that among America's most revered characters - known around the world - was this home-spun natural heroine.

    - D. A. Chamberlain

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  • The story of a bit of Americana history. I really enjoyed learning about Annie Oakley's very interesting life. She certainly was a legendary figure.

    - Merry G

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  • Good reading, lots of history of Annie

    - llamallady
9
  • This book provides some interesting detail about a person that we all have heard about since we were children, but most of us did not know much about the details of who this person really was. The book is well written, Mr. Marshall's experience as a professional journalist shows with his writing in this book

    - Pat OBrien
  • I liked this a lot. I know a bit about her life and I thought it was rather well done. The overall composition of the book seemed a little thin, but the character work was great.

    - Hilary E. Ayer
  • I always pretended to be Annie Oakley when I was young. It was an enjoyable read to find out about her life as a sharp shooter and the life she enjoyed with her best friend - her husband.

    - Karen
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  • Barbara Stanwyck? No. Betty Hutton. No. Ethel Merman? No. Jeffrey Marshall’s Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley’s World is not a fanciful Hollywood or Broadway version of Oakley’s life. As its back cover says, “The novel is based largely on actual events.” Marshall imagines how tough it really was for this world-famous woman in the man’s world of sharpshooting. He also details her warm relationship with the love of her life, fellow marksman Frank Butler. This short novel portrays a lady with a special talent, the superstar of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show who is herself starstruck by the renowned admirers she encounters: e.g., Gen. Sherman, P.T. Barnum, and Thomas Edison. This is a well-written and fascinating picture of the day-to-day life of a singular woman.

    - H. Pack

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  • I liked this a lot. I know a bit about her life and I thought it was rather well done. The overall composition of the book seemed a little thin, but the character work was great.

    - Hilary E. Ayer

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  • In 124 pages, Jeffery Marshall captures the two major themes associated with the remarkable Annie Oakley. First, the incredible attraction a highly romanticized American Frontier had for the "sophisticated" residents of America's Mid-West, East Coast, and the capitals of Europe over a fifteen year period. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show featured wagon trains, Indian raids, always culminating with Custer's last stand, but the lynch-pin of this extravaganza was Annie Oakley's shooting skills. Second, Marshall humanizes this almost mythical frontier legend. Beginning with the eight year old girl who helps her widowed Mother feed a large family by head shooting squirrels, we follow this pioneering woman through a man's world as she wins the admiration of General W.T. Sherman, an aging P.T. Barnum, Princes, Dukes, and Queens. Admiration becomes true devotion from her beloved husband and partner, Frank. No matter how much you think you know about Annie Oakley, this is a must read.

    - M. Freeman
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  • A delightful, intelligent, recounting of the life of one of the first American idols. Jeff Marshall brings personality, color, and historical context, to key events of Annie Oakley's life. As I put down the book, I can think of many new directions the author can take with this subject, and the many others to which he subtly refers in his writing.

    - Joe Chen
  • I've always been a fan of historical fiction. This book didn't fail me. I've wanted to know more about Annie Oakley, an amazing woman far beyond her time. Well researched. I highly recommend this. It seems written more toward the younger generation, but don't let that stop you.

    - Carmylita
  • Very interesting story about Annie Oakley and her husband. It begins with her shooting squirrels with a Kentucky rifle when 8 years old and ends after her and her husband's deaths within a few days of each other.

    - Jerry R. Blackerby
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  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson

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  • In an era of cowboys and indians, tough-guy manliness and manifest destiny, it is refreshing to discover that among America's most revered characters - known around the world - was this home-spun natural heroine.

    - D. A. Chamberlain

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  • A little girl rises from poverty to world fame because of her ability to shoot. She started out by hunting squirrels for her family to eat. Not only was she a world famous sharpshooter she and her husband also did a tremendous amount of charity work.

    - Peggy Johnston
13
  • I liked this a lot. I know a bit about her life and I thought it was rather well done. The overall composition of the book seemed a little thin, but the character work was great.

    - Hilary E. Ayer
  • I always pretended to be Annie Oakley when I was young. It was an enjoyable read to find out about her life as a sharp shooter and the life she enjoyed with her best friend - her husband.

    - Karen
  • This book provides some interesting detail about a person that we all have heard about since we were children, but most of us did not know much about the details of who this person really was. The book is well written, Mr. Marshall's experience as a professional journalist shows with his writing in this book

    - Pat OBrien
14

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  • This book provides some interesting detail about a person that we all have heard about since we were children, but most of us did not know much about the details of who this person really was. The book is well written, Mr. Marshall's experience as a professional journalist shows with his writing in this book

    - Pat OBrien

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  • Barbara Stanwyck? No. Betty Hutton. No. Ethel Merman? No. Jeffrey Marshall’s Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley’s World is not a fanciful Hollywood or Broadway version of Oakley’s life. As its back cover says, “The novel is based largely on actual events.” Marshall imagines how tough it really was for this world-famous woman in the man’s world of sharpshooting. He also details her warm relationship with the love of her life, fellow marksman Frank Butler. This short novel portrays a lady with a special talent, the superstar of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show who is herself starstruck by the renowned admirers she encounters: e.g., Gen. Sherman, P.T. Barnum, and Thomas Edison. This is a well-written and fascinating picture of the day-to-day life of a singular woman.

    - H. Pack

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  • In an era of cowboys and indians, tough-guy manliness and manifest destiny, it is refreshing to discover that among America's most revered characters - known around the world - was this home-spun natural heroine.

    - D. A. Chamberlain
15
  • The story of a bit of Americana history. I really enjoyed learning about Annie Oakley's very interesting life. She certainly was a legendary figure.

    - Merry G
  • A wonderful peice that goes beyond what the history books taught us about Annie Oakley. I was so wrapped up in the description of her life that I had a hard time putting it down. Anyone interested in the human aspect of American history would love this read.

    - Laura
  • The whole book is like sitting down over a cup of coffee and listening to a real down home story. I loved it!!!

    - Richard Cosme
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  • The story of a bit of Americana history. I really enjoyed learning about Annie Oakley's very interesting life. She certainly was a legendary figure.

    - Merry G

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  • I always pretended to be Annie Oakley when I was young. It was an enjoyable read to find out about her life as a sharp shooter and the life she enjoyed with her best friend - her husband.

    - Karen

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  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson
17
  • I found this an enjoyable read. I knew nothing about her life before. This would not be my normal choice of a book, but I am glad I read it. I do not think you will be disappointed.

    - Jacquelyn “Avid Reader”
  • I've always been a fan of historical fiction. This book didn't fail me. I've wanted to know more about Annie Oakley, an amazing woman far beyond her time. Well researched. I highly recommend this. It seems written more toward the younger generation, but don't let that stop you.

    - Carmylita
  • Barbara Stanwyck? No. Betty Hutton. No. Ethel Merman? No. Jeffrey Marshall’s Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley’s World is not a fanciful Hollywood or Broadway version of Oakley’s life. As its back cover says, “The novel is based largely on actual events.” Marshall imagines how tough it really was for this world-famous woman in the man’s world of sharpshooting. He also details her warm relationship with the love of her life, fellow marksman Frank Butler. This short novel portrays a lady with a special talent, the superstar of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show who is herself starstruck by the renowned admirers she encounters: e.g., Gen. Sherman, P.T. Barnum, and Thomas Edison. This is a well-written and fascinating picture of the day-to-day life of a singular woman.

    - H. Pack
18

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  • I've always been a fan of historical fiction. This book didn't fail me. I've wanted to know more about Annie Oakley, an amazing woman far beyond her time. Well researched. I highly recommend this. It seems written more toward the younger generation, but don't let that stop you.

    - Carmylita

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  • I liked this a lot. I know a bit about her life and I thought it was rather well done. The overall composition of the book seemed a little thin, but the character work was great.

    - Hilary E. Ayer

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  • I have loved Annie Oakley since I have been a child, watching the TV show. I even had a vest, skirt and six-shooters on a belt. Reading this book was a dream come true. Though i am not sure why they never had children, birth control was by no means sure at that time, so I assume Annie was sterile. She certainly had a worthwhile life, much more than shooting. No one has ever been able to match her skill.

    - deertoo
19
  • I enjoyed this book. It really brought Annie Oakley to life and helped me to understand what she must have endured over the years. A very good read!

    - Libba L Murphey
  • The story of a bit of Americana history. I really enjoyed learning about Annie Oakley's very interesting life. She certainly was a legendary figure.

    - Merry G
  • This book provides some interesting detail about a person that we all have heard about since we were children, but most of us did not know much about the details of who this person really was. The book is well written, Mr. Marshall's experience as a professional journalist shows with his writing in this book

    - Pat OBrien
20

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  • Learning about Annie Oakley was a blast! No pun intended. What a life she led! What a beautifully written book! So easy to read and so much fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best books I've read so far this year. Pick up a copy today!

    - Judith Peterson

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  • Very interesting story about Annie Oakley and her husband. It begins with her shooting squirrels with a Kentucky rifle when 8 years old and ends after her and her husband's deaths within a few days of each other.

    - Jerry R. Blackerby

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  • I found this an enjoyable read. I knew nothing about her life before. This would not be my normal choice of a book, but I am glad I read it. I do not think you will be disappointed.

    - Jacquelyn “Avid Reader”

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