Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2000 - Outlaws - 302 pages
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Outlaw, hoodlum and killer, and slain at the age of 21 by Pat Garrett - Billy the Kid has become one of the icons of America's Wild West. This account tells the story of his brief and bloody life.
 

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Most Americans are familiar with the legend of the outlaw William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid. Utley, a noted historian of the Old West, has written a scholarly biography of the Kid ... Read full review

Contents

THE KID
1
THE ADOLESCENT
10
THE OUTLAW
17
THE RANCH HAND
32
THE AVENGER
48
THE ASSASSIN
61
THE SHOOTOUT
69
THE WARRIOR
76
THE RUSTLER
126
THE CELEBRITY
139
THE CAPTURE
148
THE SENTENCE
163
THE ESCAPE
176
THE EXECUTION
186
THE LEGEND
197
Notes
209

THE FIRE
88
THE DRIFTER
102
THE BARGAIN
111
Sources
273
Index
285
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Robert M. Utley, former Chief Historian & Assistant Director of the National Park Service, is the author of many books & articles on the West, "Cavalier in Buckskin", also published by the University of Oklahoma Press, won the 1989 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book & was a Book-of-the-Month Club & History Book Club selection. Since his retirement from the federal government, he has devoted himself full time to historical research & writing.

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