Billy the Kid
A Short and Violent Life
By (author) Robert M. Utley
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Billy the Kid by Robert M. Utley
Book DescriptionWhatever his name or alias at the moment-Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim, Billy Bonney-people always called him the Kid. Not until his final month did anyone call him Billy the Kid. Newspapers pictured him as a king of outlaws; and his highly publicized capture, trial, escape, and end fixed his image in the public mind for all time. He was only twenty-one years old when a bullet from Sheriff Pat Garett's six-shooter killed him on July 14, 1881. Within a year Billy the Kid became the subject of five dime-novel "biographies" as well as Garett's ghost-written account, and that was just the beginning. Robert M. Utley does what countless books, movies, television shows, musical compositions, and paintings have failed to do: he successfully strips off the veneer of legendry to expose the reality of Billy the Kid. Using previously untapped sources, he presents an engrossing story-the most complete and accurate ever-of a youthful hoodlum and sometime killer who found his calling in New Mexico's bloody power struggle known as the Lincoln County War. In unmasking the legend Utley also tells us much about our heritage of frontier vigilantism and violence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803295582
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Bison Books
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert M. Utley
Wanted, Hardback (February 2016)
A renowned biographer compares the lives and times of American outlaw Billy the Kid and his Australian counterpart Ned Kelly
Army Doctor on the Western Frontier, Hardback (April 2014)
This selection of Lauderdale's writings, edited and annotated by a premier historian of the American West, offers an insightful account of army life that will teach readers much about the settlement and growth of the West in a time of rapid change.
Geronimo, Paperback (September 2013)
Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. This book strips away the myths and rumours that have long obscured the real Geronimo.
After Lewis and Clark, Paperback (November 2004)» View all books by Robert M. Utley
In 1807, a year after Lewis and Clark returned from the shores of the Pacific, groups of trappers and hunters began to drift West to tap the rich stocks of beaver and to trade with the Native nations. This work features stories of mountain men including John Colter, George Drouillard, Hugh Glass, Andrew Henry and Kit Carson.
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Author Biography - Robert M. Utley
One of the preeminent western historians writing today, Robert M. Utley is the author of High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier, Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier and The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull, as well as Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865 (1984) and Frontiersmen in Blue: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891 (1981) published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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