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Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life

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Whatever 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 Garetts 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 Garetts 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 Mexicos 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.

Synopsis:

Examines the career of the young outlaw whose life and death were an expression of the violence prevalent on the American frontier.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803295582
Author:
Utley, Robert M.
Publisher:
Unp - Bison Books
Author:
Utley, Robert M.
Location:
Lincoln
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Robbers and outlaws
Subject:
Southwest, new
Subject:
Outlaws
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
3565
Publication Date:
19910831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., maps
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.9 lb

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