The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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New American Library, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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The old west was coming to an end. Two legendary outlaws refused to go with it.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - as leaders of the Wild Bunch, they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of their day, with professionalism never before seen by authorities. For several years at the end of the 1890s, the two friends, along with a revolving cast who made up their band of thieves, eluded local law enforcement and bounty hunters, all while stealing from the rich bankers and Eastern railroad corporations who exploited Western land. The close calls were many, but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day - that is, until they rode headlong into the twentieth century.

Fenced-in range, telephone lines, electric lights, and new crime-fighting techniques were quickly rendering obsolete the outlaws of the wide-open frontier. Knowing their time was up, Butch and Sundance, along with a mysterious beauty named Etta Place, headed to South American, vowing to leave their criminal careers behind. But while riding the trails of Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia, Butch and Sundance found that crime wasn't through with them just yet.

In The Last Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before: Butch, the brains of the outfit; Sundance, the man of action; and the men on both sides of the law they fought with and against. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West.

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About the author (2013)

Thom Hatch is the author of numerous books on the history of the American West, including Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War, which was awarded the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Biography. A consultant and commentator for the History Channel and PBS, Hatch has published articles in the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, True West magazine, and Western Horseman.

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