Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2000 - Frontier and pioneer life - 302 pages
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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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Nice book with lots of extraneous names. Tis hard to keep track of everyone. I like Cunningham's version of Billy better....tis story length. Billy really didn't have much going for him, so other than pure romantic fascination, I'm not sure about all the hoopla.... Read full review

Billy the Kid: a short and violent 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

About the author (2000)

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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